The M-League connection to Doha

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's M-League is among the biggest contributors of players to the Doha Asian Cup which started on Jan 12.

Thirty-two players from seven national teams at the Asian Cup come from the M-League.

The countries are Malaysia, Indonesia, Jordan, Lebanon, Tajikistan, Syria and Uzbekistan.

Of Harimau Malaya's 26-player squad, 24 play in the M-League. The only exceptions are co-captain Dion Cools who is with Thai club Buriram United and Junior Eldstal who turns out for Indonesia's Dewa United.

Featuring for Jordan in the Asian Cup semi-final against South Korea today are Selangor's Noor Al Rawabdeh Al Deen and Fadi Awad of Police.

The Indonesian team who reached the Asian Cup last 16, have Jordi Amat representing Johor Darul Ta'zim and Saddil Ramdani for Sabah.

Lebanon's Hassan Saad wears Penang colours and Tajikistan's Amirbek Juraboev turns out for Kedah.

Syria's Jalil Elias is a JDT player while Umarbek Eshmurodov of Uzbekistan is with Selangor.

Malaysian Football League chief executive officer Stuart Ramalingam said: "There is a number of internationals from other countries playing in our league, and this shows that our league does have its strengths."

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