KUALA LUMPUR: Johor Darul Ta’zim’s (JDT) naturalised defender La’Vere Corbin-Ong will not have to wait very long for a call up to the Harimau Malaya squad as his all-action display during last night’s Charity Shield match has attracted the attention of national coach Tan Cheng Hoe.
Cheng Hoe has indicated that he could call up the defender who is of Malaysian-Barbados parentage, as soon as next month for the friendly match against Mongolia on March 22, as he was impressed after watching the lanky defender during yesterday’s Charity Shield match where JDT defeated Kedah 2-1 at the Larkin Stadium.
Cheng Hoe admitted that the 26-year-old player has the good qualities that he wants and is optimistic that his inclusion in the Harimau Malaya squad will be able to strengthen and shore up the defense.
“Based on his performance against Kedah last night (Saturday), it is obvious that Corbin was one of the standout players who was ever-present on the field.
“Prior to this, I have done my research on Corbin regarding his performances with his previous teams and I have to admit that he is a good player with great potential to do even better.
“So yes, he does feature in my plans for the national team after this, but we will also be looking at other players who impress and show potential that can be called up for national duty,” he said when contacted earlier today.
Corbin who has broken into JDT’s first team and is comfortable playing as an overlapping left-back or centre-back, put on an impressive display against Kedah, constantly helping his team to keep their opponents at bay while also being part of his team’s attacking forays into the opposition’s half.
In fact, he even played a part in JDT’s second goal as his pass was met by fellow defender Marcos Antonio who headed the ball into the net for the goal that won the match.
Before joining JDT, Corbin played in the Netherlands with Go Ahead Eagles in the Eerste Divisie which is the Dutch league’s first division.