The Malayan Tigers left for Vienna yesterday as they begin their 12 day European training stint. National coach, Datuk K. Rajagobal will use the training stint to determine his players form before he finalizes the squad for the upcoming AFF Suzuki Cup.
Defenders, Fadhli Shas, Asraruddin Putra and Amar Rohidan have been dropped from his 26 man squad due to injuries. Malaysia will play three friendly matches during the stint against two Austrian teams, SV Mattersburg (Wednesday), TSV Hartberg (Aug 12) before facing Hungarian side, FC Szombathely Haladas.
"Vienna is a popular destination for pre-season training among top European clubs. I hope the experience will help my players in all aspects of the game," Rajagobal told New Straits Times.
When asked on the reason why Malaysia is playing local clubs in Vienna, Rajagobal explained that it was better than not having any matches to play.
"It does not matter who we play in Vienna. What is more important is that we get to play friendly matches," he said.
The squad will return on the 17th of August for the upcoming Malaysia Cup which begins five days later.
Goalkeepers: Khairul Fahmi Che Mat (Kelantan), Norazlan Razali (Selangor), Farizal Marlias (Negeri Sembilan)
Defenders: Bunyamin Umar (Selangor), S. Subramaniam (Kelantan), Muslim Ahmad, Faizal Muhd (Terengganu), Mahali Jasuli (Young Tigers), Aidil Zafuan Radzak, Azmi Muslim, Amiridzwan Taj Tajudin (Armed Forces).
Midfielders: Gary Steven Robbat (Young Tigers), Baddrol Baktiar, Khyril Muhymeen Zambri (Kedah), Safiq Rahim (Selangor), S. Kunanlan, Shahurain Abu Samah (Negeri Sembilan), Shakir Shaari (Kelantan), Ashaari Samsuddin (Terengganu), Yong Kuong Yong (Felda United), Wan Zack Haikal Wan Noor (Young Tigers).
Strikers: Safee Sali (Pelita Jaya), Rozaimi Abdul Rahman (Sabah), Norsharul Idlan Talaha (Kelantan), Azamuddin Akil (Pahang), Ahmad Shakir Ali (Negeri Sembilan).