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Safawi still not satisfied, one target remains to cap off sterling year

07:45 GMT+4 31/10/2018
Safawi Rasid, Malaysia, 30102018
Safawi Rasid took Malaysia U-23 to the quarter-finals of AFC U-23 Championship and the Asian Games, can he take the senior side far in the AFF Cup?


BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter


Malaysia and Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) forward Safawi Rasid has had a great year. Apart from helping Malaysia U-23 reach the AFC U-23 Championship and the Asian Games quarter-finals, he also had a hand in landing JDT their fifth consecutive Super League tile.

It is to no one surprise that in September, the club rushed to offer him a new contract, one that will see him remain there until 2022.

And now that he is in the provisional Malaysia squad for the 2018 AFF Championship, the 21-year old player wants to ensure that he is listed in head coach Tan Cheng Hoe's final squad, after their friendly match against Maldives on November 3.

Speaking to Goal before training on Tuesday, Safawi remarked that the Harimau Malaya's pre-tournament preparations are going well, after all 26 players in the provisional squad have joined the centralised camp.

"Praise Allah, all the players have arrived. Our preparations are going well, and on top of that we've been called up together previously. We are ready for our first (AFF Championship) match, against Cambodia."

When asked whether he is satisfied with his achievements this year, he responded in the negative, saying that he has one target in the upcoming annual regional tournament.

"I'm still not satisfied with my performance at JDT and Malaysia U-23. This (AFF Championship) is just the perfect stage for me to prove my abilities, if I'm listed in the final squad.

"I want to raise my profile, but more importantly I want to help the team reach the final. Whether we win it or not is secondary; I want to help the country produce good results," explained the former T-Team starlet.

Malaysia's final 23-man squad will be announced after the Maldives friendly, while their match against Cambodia will be held on November 8 in Phnom Penh.

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