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Sabah skipper wants to secure spot in M'sia squad
Published on: Thursday, March 15, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: Rawilson Batuil is setting his sights to win a place in the final national squad after being listed for a training camp by Football Association of Malaysia (FAM), but admitted the task is tough.

"Being called up to join the senior squad training camp is definitely a boost for me, but I do not want to be just another name on the list even though know the competition is going to be very hard with many big names and a few naturalised players on the list as well.

"However, I consider it as a challenge and I will work extra hard to prove that I am also good enough for the national team," he said on Wednesday.

It is a long time coming for the 24-year-old Kota Marudu lad who once failed to impress Harimau 'C' coaches when a selection trial was held here six years ago.

This time he is among the 29 players called up by coach Tan Cheng Hoe for the Harimau Malaya team who are to face Mongolia in a friendly at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil next week. At the same time, the team are also preparing for the final Group B match in the 2019 Asian Cup Qualification against Lebanon at the Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium, in Beirut on March 27.


Meanwhile, Rhinos head coach Jelius Ating hoped Rawilson will grab his chance to impress the coaches.

"I told him the call-up is an indication that he has reached another level and it is a start of a successful career for him. I hope he will work hard to try to win a place in the starting line-up."

Rony Harun was the last Sabahan called up by Harimau Malaya back in 2016 when he played for Sarawak Super League team and he subsequently represented the country in the AFF Suzuki AFC Cup competition. – GL Oh

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