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Kim Swee had hard time to finalise players
Published on: Sunday, August 13, 2017

SHAH ALAM: The national Under-22 (U-22) football squad chief coach Datuk Ong Kim Swee conceded it was difficult for him to select the top 20 players for the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games (KL2017).

Kim Swee who took the national squad to lift the gold in the 2011 Games in Indonesia said it was not easy to shortlist the 28 players after centralised training ended last Sunday.

"Choosing the current final 20 players was most difficult choice for me compared to the four editions of Games which I took charge of the squad. The eight players dropped have their respective credibility and I believe they will return for future tournaments.

"For me, the championship is short which made me picked the players who could perform in such a compact competition," he told a media conference to announce to the final list of 20 players for the men's football competition at KL2017.

Four players from the 2018 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-23 Qualifiers Championship in Bangkok, Thailand last month namely Amierul Hakimi Awang (Terengganu), Raphi Azizan Mariappen (PJ Rangers), Danial Ashraf Abdullah (Kelantan) and Sean Eugene Selvaraj (Negeri Sembilan) were among the eight players dropped by Kim Swee.

On the other hand, Kim Swee picked six new players, Syamer Kutty Abba and S Kumaahran (Penang), Haziq Nadzli and Safawi Rasid (Johor Darul Ta'zim) as well as Matthew Davies and Nor Azam Abdul Azih (Pahang). – Bernama

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