Responding to the Malaysian press on December 10, the nationwide crew coach Mr. Tan Chang Hoe stated: “We now have despatched a request to switch the participant. This challenge can be associated to the coverage of the Malaysian state. All gamers , no matter place should be prepared”.
Based on Malaysia’s Stadiumastro, the state of affairs of the nationwide crew isn’t very optimistic. Accordingly, Mr. Tan Cheng Hoe’s lecturers and college students can withdraw from the award if they don’t meet the necessities for extra gamers. Stadiumastro’s Shaiful Shamsudin knowledgeable: “Hopefully FAM will make an software quickly earlier than the state of affairs will get worse as Malaysia withdraws from the regional event.”
The state of the Malaysian crew could be very alarming. Though the allowed quantity to go to Singapore is 30 folks, at present they solely have 19 gamers left for the match in opposition to Vietnam on the night of December 12. Greater than a 3rd of the remaining military contains 4 gamers who’re optimistic for Covid-19, one has an damage, the remaining are F1 with a excessive danger of cross-infection. Younger conductor Safawi Rasid is one in every of them.
Safawi was in the identical room as Akhyar Rashid who was contaminated with the virus Covid-19 earlier than. Akhyar is in isolation for 10 days, taking a break from the 4-0 win over Laos on December 9. The star who had a spectacular free-kick beat goalkeeper Dang Van Lam within the semi-finals AFF Cup 2018 has a vital function for Malaysia, no completely different from Quang Hai’s affect in Vietnam Vietnam Tel.
With a power of 19 gamers nonetheless in hand, coach Tan Chang Hoe didn’t know what might occur within the two days earlier than the match in opposition to Vietnam. The present state of affairs doesn’t exclude the likelihood that the variety of optimistic instances of Malaysia will proceed to extend, which signifies that this crew will now not have one of the best squad to compete within the AFF Cup 2021.
The Soccer Federation of Malaysia (FAM) has made an pressing software so as to add gamers to Singapore. Nevertheless, in accordance with the rules of the AFF Cup, groups can solely add or exchange goalkeepers for power majeure causes licensed by a physician. Subsequently, requests for additions and replacements of gamers in different positions by FAM could also be denied. If the AFF doesn’t agree, Malaysia will almost certainly be pressured to drop the event as a result of there are not any folks to play.
The Malaysian nationwide crew has confronted many uncertainties within the strategy of making ready for the AFF Cup. They reunited late as a result of the home event will not finish till November 30. Many gamers have been contaminated, injured, just a few names joined the military late. Coach Tan confirmed that he’s doing all the pieces doable so as to add gamers, first needing to be permitted by AFF, even by consensus from the remaining groups.
Beforehand, the Malaysian crew was allowed so as to add a substitute goalkeeper for Azhan Khalid who was optimistic for Covid-19. This crew solely introduced 24 gamers to Singapore, though AFF permits registration of as much as 30 gamers. Mr. Tan Cheng Hoe’s lecturers and college students solely had lower than 48 hours to organize for the match in opposition to Vietnam. AFF should positively meet quickly to determine. The AFF arrange an emergency committee previous to the event to take care of such a state of affairs.