Kim Swee's door remains open for Davies, Azam

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Malaysia U-23 boss Ong Kim Swee has not ruled out key-players Azam Azih and Matthew Davies, despite their absence from his training camp.


BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter


With two days remaining before the men's football event of the 2018 Asian Games kicks off, Malaysia U-23 head coach Datuk Ong Kim Swee has come out and said that absent key-players Nor Azam Azih and Matthew Davies are still welcome to finally join the Young Tigers' training camp.

When inquired by the press just before conducting training on Wednesday evening, Kim Swee remarked that although time is running out, the two Pahang players can still make the squad for the competition that will be held in Indonesia. Malaysia's first Group E match, against Kyrgyzstan U-23, will take place on August 15.

"Davies and Azam are still not here. But the door remains open for them, it's up to them, but time is quickly running out. I need to form a competitive team with or without them.

"I've never shut out any players, but I do need to concentrate on the players that I have in the camp. I don't want to hope against hope, so I will prepare the squad that I have. The players that I do have are capable of slotting in the vacancies," explained the Southeast Asian Games gold medal-winning coach.

Despite Kim Swee's open arms, it is unlikely that Davies and Azam will eventually be released by the Elephants, who are taking part in the Malaysia Cup. Last Saturday, both of them started in their Group D opener against Sabah, which ended in a 1-1 draw. However, the club have let the other two Pahang players who received Kim Swee's call-up; Faisal Rosli and R. Kogileswaran, to join the camp without any fuss.

Kim Swee's charges will take on UAE U-23 in a friendly at the Shah Alam Stadium, having lost 2-1 in their friendly match against China U-23 last Sunday.

 

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