Sole­hin eye­ing Sea Games spot

New Straits Times - - Sport -

AH­MAD Sole­hin Ma­mat hopes to force his way into the na­tional Sea Games squad after be­com­ing Premier League side Kuala Lumpur’s reg­u­lar goal­keeper.

Sole­hin, who signed for KL from Malacca last sea­son, has fea­tured in each of KL’s last three games, all vic­to­ries, since new coach Fabio Ma­grao took over.

“I was called up for train­ing early last year when (for­mer na­tional youth coach) Frank Bern­hardt was first ap­pointed but I’ve not been back since,” said Soli­hin, 21, who has dis­placed Re­mezey Che Ros as KL’s No 1.

“It would great to earn a re­call and it would be a dream to play in the Sea Games. But first, I must con­tinue to per­form for KL and try to im­press the coaches.”

Sole­hin faces a fight on his hands to get into the na­tional youth squad for the AFC Un­der22 Cham­pi­onship qualifying round in July.

But with Kedah’s Ifwat Ak­mal Chek Kas­sim and Tereng­ganu’s Amierul Hakimi Awang now reg­u­lars for their club sides and may not be re­leased for the qualifying tour­na­ment, Sole­hin could find an open­ing in Ong Kim Swee’s squad.

“I am just grate­ful to get a chance to play and in ev­ery train­ing session and game, I al­ways give it 100 per cent,” said Sole­hin, who has made four ap­pear­ances in to­tal for KL.

KL return to ac­tion in the Premier League to­mor­row in Kangar to face bot­tom-side Perlis, who will be des­per­ate for a win after hav­ing six points docked for fail­ing to pay salaries, leav­ing them on zero points. Devin­der Singh

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