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Malaysia AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup 2022 squad: Who's in and who's out?

05:00 SAST 2022/12/20
Malaysia's 2022 AFF Championship squad
Who has Malaysia boss Kim Pan-gon picked for the 2022 AFF Championship?

Malaysia are one of four Southeast Asian countries to have won the AFF Championship at least once.

They have not won it since 2010, though, and were even unable to make it out of the group stages altogether during the 2020 edition in Singapore, which took place in 2021 after a one-year deal due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The heavy 4-1 defeat at the hands of arch-rivals Indonesia in particular will have hurt and they will be desperate to do better this time around.

A tough task awaits in Group B, however, as Malaysia will have to deal with the likes of Vietnam, Singapore, Myanmar and Laos.

Who are the players in line to represent them at this year's tournament, though?

Let's take a look at the men at Kim Pan-gon's disposal after the withdrawal of 12 players due to personal reasons or clubs' decision not to release their stars.

  • GOALKEEPERS

    Two of the three goalkeepers in Malaysia's squad haven't played a single international game at senior level in their careers, with the likes of Kalamullah Al-Hafiz and Rahadiazli Rahalim both hoping to make their senior debut come December.

    That makes Syihan Hazmi the only option with some international experience at senior level, although even the Perak man only has a couple of caps under his belt.

    NameClub
    Syihan HazmiPerak
    Rahadiazli Rahalim Terengganu FC
    Kalamullah Al-HafizPetaling Jaya City
  • Nguyen Tien Linh Quentin Cheng Zikri Khalili U23 Vietnam U23 Malaysia SEA Games 31 Semifinal 19052022

    DEFENDERS

    Malaysia will have to make do without the likes of experienced defenders Matthew Davies, La'Vere Corbin-Ong, Dion Cools and Shahrul Saad, who would normally all have been strong candidates to start.

    Dominic Tan will lead Malaysia's defence at centre-back with the relatively inexperienced Khuzaimi Piee.

    Quentin Cheng and Fazly Mazlan could get their chance to shine out wide.

    Meanwhile, Selangor's Sharul Nazeem offers a younger alternative with Azam Azmi and could be needed as a substitute in most games.

    NameClub
    Sharul NazeemSelangor FC
    Dominic TanSabah FC
    Khuzaimi PieePerak
    Azam AzmiTerengganu FC
    Quentin ChengSelangor
    Fazly MazlanSelangor
    Ruventhiran VengadesanPJ City
  • Brendan Gan, Malaysia v Vietnam, World Cup qualifier, June 2021

    MIDFIELDERS

    There's a nice combination of youth and experience available in midfield.

    Mukhairi Ajmal and Aliff Haiqal are both still under the age of 23, while Brendan Gan is an experienced figure in midfield.

    NameClub
    Brendan GanSelangor
    Mukhairi AjmalSelangor
    Aliff HaiqalSelangor
    Stuart WilkinJohor Darul Ta'zim II
    Lee TuckSri Pahang
    David RowleySri Pahang
  • Safawi Rasid Malaysia

    ATTACKERS

    Safawi Rasid is the standout name in attack, with the new Ratchaburi signing one of Malaysia's undisputed star players.

    Darren Lok and Sergio Ezequiel Aguero are two of the players who were born and raised abroad, but now represent Malaysia at international level.

    NameClub
    Darren LokPetaling Jaya City FC
    Haqimi RosliKuala Lumpur FC
    Sergio Ezequiel AgueroSri Pahang
    Safawi RasidJohor Darul Ta'zim
    Faisal HalimTerengganu
    Shamie IszuanSarawak United
    Nor HakimSelangor
  • POTENTIAL STARTING XI

    With the likes of Farizal Marlias and Khairulazhan Khalid no longer in the picture, Hazmi seems to be sitting in pole position for the No.1 jersey, with the Negeri Sembilan man the only option with - albeit limited - international experience at senior level.

    In defence, there are a number of options, with Cheng, Piee, Tan and Mazlan likely to form the back four.

    Gan and Ajmal could then be providing defensive cover in midfield, with Rowley and Wilkin adding creativity and pace.

    Safawi and Lok could be starting up top as their forwards with Safawi playing more of a number 10 role.

    Malaysia XI (4-2-2-2):Hazmi; Cheng, Piee, Tan, Mazlan; Gan, Ajmal, Rowley, Wilkin; Safawi, Lok

  • Luqman Hakim, Malaysia vs Cambodia, AFF Suzuki Cup 2020, 6 Dec 2021

    NOTABLE ABSENTEES

    As with every major tournament, there are always high-profile names who miss out for whatever reason and the AFF Championship is no exception.

    With 39 international appearances under his belt, Matthew Davies misses out along with Dion Cools (13 appearances) and La'Vere Corbin-Ong (21 appearances).

    Former wonderkid Luqman Hakim has not received an invite this time around, while veterans Aidil Zafuan and Safiq Rahim also didn't make the cut.

    And then there was a whole host of players who either did not get released by their club or decided to withdraw for personal reasons, including JDT wonderkid Arif Aiman and 10 of his team-mates.

    PLAYERCLUB
    Matthew DaviesJohor Darul Ta'zim
    Dion CoolsJablonec
    La'Vere Corbin-OngJohor Darul Ta'zim
    Aidil ZafuanJDT
    Luqman HakimKortrijk
    Safiq RahimJDT
    Arif AimanJDT
    Akhyar RashidJDT
    Syafiq AhmadJDT
    Shahrul SaadJDT