Malaysia get a place

New Straits Times - - Sport -

FOOT­BALL is back on the list with Malaysia granted a spot in the 29th Sum­mer Univer­si­ade on Au­gust 19-30 in Tai­wan af­ter China with­drew.

This was con­firmed by Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry sports divi­sion as­sis­tant sec­re­tary Tony Az­man Has­san at the draw for the event last Tues­day in Taipei.

“China with­drew, so Malaysia get to play. We only found out when two of our of­fi­cials went there a cou­ple of days ago for the draw.

“This doesn’t put a dent in our prepa­ra­tions as we have been on prepa­ra­tion mode ever since we were told we weren’t go­ing (ear­lier).

Malaysia have been drawn in Pool B with Ja­pan, Uruguay and Canada while Pool A will see hosts Tai­wan with Ire­land, France and Mex­ico, Pool C con­sists of Italy, Brazil, Rus­sia and Amer­ica while Pool D will see matches be­tween South Korea, South Africa, Ukraine and Ar­gentina.

Malaysia will now par­tic­i­pate in a to­tal of six sports (wushu, bad­minton, archery, ath­let­ics, golf and foot­ball) which equates to a 91-mem­ber con­tin­gent (62 ath­letes and 29 of­fi­cials).

For­mer na­tional foot­baller Mohd Nidzam Jamil will be the head coach for the team.

The team are now en­ter­ing phase three of their train­ing at the Is­lamic Univer­sity of Sci­ence Malaysia (USIM). Farah Azharie

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