Nor Azam Abdul Azih is national coach Nelo Vingada’s likely choice to fill in the shoes of Safiq Rahim, who is suspended, in Friday’s Asian Cup qualifying Group B match against North Korea at I-Mobile Stadium in Buriram, Thailand.
The uncapped midfielder was a member of Ong Kim Swee’s squad that won a silver medal at the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games in August.
The 22-year-old is part of Vingada’s 23-member squad that will leave for Buriram on Tuesday.
“It is an honour to be part of the national team. If I play in Buriram, I will give my 100 per cent in the match. I am ready for the job,” said Nor Azam on Monday.
“However, I will have to work hard to earn my first cap. There are many regulars in the team that can replace Safiq. It, however, does not matter whether I play or not as long the team get a good result.”
Safiq is suspended following a red card in the 2-0 defeat to Hong Kong in October. However, the midfielder will be available for the following fixture against North Korea on Nov 13.
“I was called up in October for the match against Hong Kong, but I had to pull out due to personal issues. I am short in terms of international experience but I am motivated to do well under Vingada,” Nor Azam added.
Vingada has made two changes to his squad following injuries to Johor Darul Ta’zim’s (JDT) Darren Lok and Kedah’s Baddrol Bakhtiar.
The Portuguese has called up Perak’s Ahmad Khairil Anuar Zamri and Felda United’s Hadin Azman as replacements while
JDT’s Junior Eldstal did not make the final squad.
Translated from Berita Harian