Solehin eyeing Sea Games spot
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