With eight regulars missing due to different reasons, Ong Kim Swee will use the SCTV Cup match against Indonesia to blood in six new faces
The national Under-23 squad is set to face its Indonesian counterpart in the SCTV Cup without eight key players.
However chief coach Ong Kim Swee wants to use the opportunity to try out the new players he had called up for this invitational trophy.
In the absence of Fadhli Shas, Wan Zack Haikal, Gary Steven Robbat and Zubir Azmi who are with the senior team preparing for the international friendly against Vietnam next Tuesday, and the injured quartet of Rozaimi Rahman, Fandi Othman, Azrif Badrul and Ashri Chuchu; Kim Swee plans to place his trust on six new players - Nashriq Yahya, Osman Jusoh and Syawal Nordin (Harimau Muda B), Aminuddin Mohd Nor (PKNS), K. Reuben (ATM) and Nik Shahrul Azim (Kelantan).
“Without eight key players, I need to assess the new players to see if they can step in and do a job for the SEA Games next year in case of any last minute injuries,” he told Berita Harian.
“If they fail to play well this Sunday, it would be hard for them to play in Myanmar. I’m expecting a tough match against the Indonesian team.”
Kim Swee’s team warmed up for the tournament with a 4-1 friendly win over Brunei in Shah Alam on Wednesday.
On Sunday, the match against Indonesia will be played at Jakarta’s Gelora Bung Karno Stadium and is scheduled to kick-off 8pm Malaysian time.