Malaysian lads set to strengthen ASIAN ELEVEN
Two players from the Malaysia national Under-18 squad, Ali Imran and Harith Haiqal, have been selected for the ASIAN ELEVEN program in Fukushima, Japan.
The highlight of the program will see the ASIAN ELEVEN team go up against the Tohoku Under-18 side in the JapaFunCup at the J-Village Stadium, Fukushima on 22 Jun 2019.
Coached by Takuma Koga, the ASIAN ELEVEN squad features a total of 21 players from 11 countries in Southeast Asia.
Ali and Harith, both 17-years-old, are from the National Football Development Program (NFDP) based at Akademi Mokhtar Dahari (AMD) in Gambang, Pahang.
“Of course this is a great opportunity for us to show our talents and prove that Malaysians are also able to perform at the highest level. I will use the one week training in Japan to form a strong partnership with my new teammates,” said Ali in an interview with the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM).
Harith added that,”Even though we are both competing for a spot in the team with 18-year-old players from other countries in Southeast Asia, I don’t think it will be a problem for us because the difference is only one year. While there, I will try to gain as much football knowledge as possible and perform my level best.