Akhyar racing to recover and be fully fit

Akhyar Rashid, Malaysia, Cambodia
Malaysia U-19 boss Bojan Hodak had earlier revealed that starlet Akhyar Rashid is unlikely to play the full 90 minutes for the team.

BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter

Malaysia star Akhyar Rashid came on in the second half in their 2-1 Group D AFC U-19 Championship defeat to Saudi Arabia on Saturday, but could not make a bigger contribution to his side in the match.

Saudi Arabia vs Malaysia match highlights

Malaysia head coach Bojan Hodak revealed in the post-match press conference that the forward is not in his best conditions, and looks unlikely to be fielded for the full 90 minutes, at least in the two remaining group encounters.

Akhyar, who this year has also turned up regularly for Malaysia U-23, the national senior team, as well as for his club Kedah, later revealed to the press that he has been carrying a light injury.

"I came on in the second half just now, and I have to admit that I did not play well. This is because I'm recovering from my injury. 

"I haven't been able to join the team training, and had to undergo fitness work and rehabilitation. I want to recover fully quickly, and repay the coach's faith," said the forward. 

When asked whether starring for the country at multiple age levels is startingto affect him, this is what he answered:

"At first it was a little overwhelming, when fans on social media hype me whenever I am selected. But I have to take it in my stride."

Malaysia's second group match is on October 23, against Tajikistan who on Saturday edged China 1-0.

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