Outside clubs  more patriotic
Published on: Monday, February 11, 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: The strong support from the Fagiano Okayama team of Japan by allowing professional footballer Hadi Fayyadh Abdul Razak (pic) to represent the country at the 2019 Asean Football Federation (AFF) Under 22 (U-22) Championship in Phnom Penh, Cambodia should be emulated by local football clubs.

Unlike some local clubs which refused to release players, Hadi Fayyadh said, on the other hand, the team was proud when he was picked to don the national jersey and also advised him to take full advantage of the opportunity.

“Thank god my club gave permission and the coach told me, it is not easy to play for the country, whilst in Japan alone, not all good players will be selected to play for Japan.

“So they advised me, I should be proud of the opportunity I get. They are also happy that I can represent Malaysia and wish me all the best, “he told reporters before starting his training with U-23 chief coach Datuk Ong Kim Swee at the National Sports Council (MSN) Field, Bukit Jalil here, Sunday.

Meanwhile, the country’s striker said he would try to help the team up to the finals in the AFF U-22 football championship which would be from Feb 17-26 in Cambodia.

He said all players would have to perform well because all players had a high-potential of bringing the team to the final.

“My mission here is to help the team until we qualify for the final, many new things I learned there. I hope to be able to bring success to the national team.

“I’ve been a month there (Japan). Thank god, I could fit in there. I got full support from the coaches and team. – Bernama



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