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Datuk K.Rajagopal names training squad for AFF Suzuki Cup but continues to ignore growing calls for the inclusion of Kelantan captain Badri Radzi

Despite creating all three of Kelantan’s goals in Saturday’s Malaysia Cup final, the Red Warriors’ skipper, Badri Radzi has been overlooked once more by national team coach Datuk K.Rajagopal.

Rajagopal released a list of the AFF Suzuki Cup preliminary squad through the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) today and named 28 players, with seven players put on standby.

Badri’s young team-mate Nik Shahrul Azim is a surprise inclusion while defender S. Subramaniam was also chosen although he got stretchered off due to an injury that looked serious, during the second half of the final. Pahang winger R. Gopinathan was again called-up after his brief debut against Hong Kong last week.

The players reported for training today and are scheduled to play three friendly matches against Vietnam, Thailand and Hong Kong before the squad is trimmed down to the final 23 names before the tournament.

The squad

Goalkeepers: Farizal Marlias (Perak), Khairul Fahmi Che Mat (Kelantan), Norazlan Razali (Selangor)

Defenders: Amirizwan Taj Tajuddin, Aidil Zafuan Abdul Radzak and Azmi Muslim (ATM), S.Subramaniam and Nik Shahrul Azim (Kelantan), Zubir Azmi and Faizal Muhammad (Terengganu), Mahalli Jasuli and Fadhli Shas (Harimau Muda A), Bunyamin Umar (Selangor)

Midfielders: Amar Rohidan and Baddrol Bakhtiar (Kedah), Azamuddin Akil and R. Gopinathan (Pahang), Gary Steven Robbat and Wan Zack Haikal Wan Nor (Harimau Muda A), Safiq Rahim (Selangor), S. Kunalan (Negeri Sembilan), Shakir Shaari (Kelantan), Yong Kuong Yong (Felda United)

Forwards: Khryil Muhymeen Zambri (Kedah), Norshahrul Idlan Talaha (Kelantan), Zaquan Adha Abdul Radzak (ATM), Ahmad Fakri Saarani (Felda United), Safee Sali (Pelita Jaya)

Back-ups: Ahmad Hazwan Bakri, Affizie Faisal Mamat and Izham Tarmizi Roslan (Harimau Muda A), D. Christie Jayaseelan and Irwan Fadzli Idrus (ATM), Amri Yahyah (Selangor), Ahmad Shakir Ali (Negeri Sembilan)

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