BY ZULHILMI ZAINAL Follow on Twitter
The national futsal team head coach, Marcelo Serpa has finalised the squad list for the Malaysia team that will be competing in the 2016 AFC Futsal Championship.
In a announcement released today, the Malaysian FA (FAM) has revealed that the coach has whittled down the squad size to 14 players, from the 17 taken to Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh recently, for a series of friendly matches.
The players are:
1 Ahmad Fawzul Hadzir 29 Felda United
2 Saiful Nizam Mohamad Ali 25 Felda United
3 Azrul Hadee Mohd Taufiq 29 Felda United
4 Muhammad Fitri Muhammad Yatim 28 Felda United
5 Muhammad Akmal Yazadh Amri 27 Felda United
6 Muhammad Azri Rahman 22 Felda United
7 Mohd Firdaus Ambiah 25 Felda United
8 Amar Ashraf Abu Bakar 28 Kedah
9 Syed Aizad Daniel Syed Nasir 20 MPSJ
10 Muhammad Afif Asyraf Muhd Halil 22 MPSJ
11 Mohd Firdaus Razali 32 MPSJ
12 Mohd Khairul Effendy Mohd Bahrin 29 Selangor
13 Akmarulnizam Mohd Idris 25 Pahang
14 Muhammad Addli Che Husin 26 Melaka
A daunting task awaits Malaysia as they have been drawn in Group D in the competition, along with reigning champions Japan, 2015 AFF Futsal Championship runners up Australia, as well as Qatar. Only the top two teams will qualify for the quarter finals.
The team will leave for the host country, Uzbekistan this Friday, and will first take on Under 23 Uzbekistan and Iraq in test matches.
In the competition, Malaysia will face Australia on February 11, Japan on Feb 13, and Qatar on Feb 15.
In the announcement, Selpa was quoted as admitting the tough task his boys are facing, and he explained the need to do the unthinkable in their opening match, against Australia.
"Group D is a tough group for us and the first match against Australia (February 11) is like a final match, and we have to work hard to get the win.
"The team's confidence to go further in the championship will surely increase then," said the coach.