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Safa pleased by teens’ U-19 call-up

6th July, 2020


KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Football Association (Safa) is confident their four youngsters who have been called up to attend the national Under-19 centralised training, will take full advantage of the opportunity given to them.

The foursomes are Azlizan Azlan, 19 (goalkeeper/Keningau), Mohd Nasip Mohammad Zain, 19 (striker/Semporna) and two midfielders Yuseril Yusekil, 18 (Tenom) and Mohammad Nazemizan Naslon, 19 (Kota Belud).

Safa Secretary-General Andrew Majanggim hopes the four will continue to work hard and fight for a place in the final squad.

“We hope they will train hard and demonstrate their credibility as a ‘thinking player’ and show great discipline on or off the field and compete for a place in the Malaysian team.

“On behalf Safa, we are very pleased with this development (four players are called the national squad) and hope it will be a catalyst for other players, especially the young ones,” he said.

The four players were among the 35 players from throughout the country that has been selected to attend centralised training at the Wisma FAM (Football Association of Malaysia) in Kelana Jaya for three weeks from July 6 to 26, 2020.

The centralised training is part of the national team preparation for AFC U-19 Championship Uzbekistan 2020 that is set to take place in the cities of Tashkent, Namangan and Olmalik from October 14 to 31.

For the record, Malaysia will have 2014 champions Qatar, Tajikistan and Yemen for company in Group D, with the top two teams progressing to the knockout stage.

Andrew said the latest development was a good start for the Sabah B-19 squad and it was also a result of the cooperation and hard work of all.

“Every effort made by the Sabah Youth Cup squad led by Johnny Dominicus besides the guidance of team manager Datuk Rahman Zakaria should be commended.

“Not to mention Safa President Datuk Peter Anthony who is always striving to develop football in the state … this football development is one of the key agenda that needs to be strengthened,” Andrew said.

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