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Malaysia national under-23 football team

Malaysia national under-23 football team (Malay: Pasukan bola sepak kebangsaan bawah-23 Malaysia), also known as Malaysia Under-23, Malaysia U-23 or Malaysia Olympic football team) is the national team for the under-23 and 22 level, representing Malaysia in the Olympic Games, Asian Games and Southeast Asian Games, as well as any other under-23 international football tournaments including the AFC U-23 Championship.

Malaysia Under-23
Nickname(s)Harimau Muda
(Young Tigers)
AssociationFootball Association of Malaysia
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationAFF (Southeast Asia)
Head coachOng Kim Swee
CaptainSafawi Rasid
Home stadiumBukit Jalil National Stadium
FIFA codeMAS
First colours
Second colours
First international
Malaysia Malaysia 1–1 Japan 
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; December 1990)[1]
Biggest win
Malaysia Malaysia 11–0 Timor-Leste 
(Vientiane, Laos; 2 December 2009)
Biggest defeat
 Thailand 9–0 Malaysia Malaysia
(Bangkok, Thailand; November 1998)
Asian Games
Appearances4 (first in 2002)
Best resultRound of 16 (2010, 2018)
AFC U-23 Championship
Appearances1 (first in 2018)
Best resultQuarter-finals (2018)
Southeast Asian Games
Appearances9 (first in 2001)
Best resultGold medal icon (G initial).svg Gold Medal (2009, 2011)

It is controlled by the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM). The team won the 2009 and 2011 SEA Games gold medal.

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HistoryEdit

The team is considered to be the feeder team for the Malaysia national football team. It is for players aged 23 and less, however 3 senior players can also be selected to play. Also in existence are national teams for Under-20s, Under-17s and Under-15s. As long as they are eligible, players can play at any level, hence it is possible for one to play for the U-23s, senior side and then again for the U-23s.

Olympic 2000Edit

After the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship, FAM aiming to qualify for the 2000 Sydney Olympic. Thus, the FAM spent about US$6 million and continue the contract of Malaysia youth coach, Hatem Souissi. Then FAM form a squad known as Olympic 2000 with a combination of 1997 youth squad and other under 23 players. FAM decided to include Olympic 2000 as one of the team in Malaysia League. Their first match was against Johor FA in qualification match for Malaysia Premier I League. The team won their first match away 1–0 before drawing 1–1 at home to qualify for Malaysia Premier I League. However the team finishes bottom during 1998 season with only 4 win in 22 matches.[2] The Olympic 2000 also show poor performance in international stage. They were humiliated by the Thailand Asian Games squad in a 1998 friendly match as the Thai's beat them 9–0. During the qualification matches, Olympic 2000 only manage to finish third behind Hong Kong and Japan. It is questionable among the fans how a squad who was playing together since 1995 given so much exposure and with fine talent cannot achieve the expectation.

Disbandment of Harimau MudaEdit

After Harimau Muda project disbanded, FAM needed a fresh start for the U-23 team where a new set of players was brought in for the team with the creation of SEA Games Project 2017 team.[3] The players in the current team mainly consist of players with age around 18 to 21 years old where the oldest players will be below the age requirement of 22 years old when 2017 SEA Games in Malaysia started. With bigger pool of players within age of 18-22, the team will also play in other age-restricted tournament as the younger side such as U-21 and U-22 when needed.

Revival of the teamEdit

Southeast Asian GamesEdit

2009 Southeast Asian GamesEdit

In July 2009, K. Rajagopal was named as the new coach of Malaysia U-23 team. Under his management, Malaysia qualified to the semi-finals of 2009 SEA Games after becoming the runners-up of Group A with only one point behind the group champion, Vietnam. Malaysia then defeated Laos 3–1 in the semi-finals, before meet Vietnam again and defeat them 1–0 in the final with an own goal scored by Mai Xuân Hợp in 85th minute.[4] This would be their fifth SEA Games gold medal and also the first great achievement for the U-23 team on 20's under Rajagopal that also led Malaysia to qualify for the second round of the 2010 Asian Games as one of the best four third-placed teams after a lapse of 32 years.[5]

2011 Southeast Asian GamesEdit

In 2011, the team then had been taken over by Ong Kim Swee. The new coach later arranged two friendly matches against Thailand and Singapore in a preparation for the 2012 Olympics qualifiers. Malaysia later lost narrowly 1–2 to Thailand[7] but won 2–0 against Singapore.[8]

Malaysia then advanced to the semi-finals of the 2011 SEA Games at the top of Group A after defeating the host, Indonesia by 1–0. Then, Malaysia also beat Myanmar 1–0 in the semi-finals to advance to the final. In the final, they met Indonesia again and held them to a 1–1 draw until the end, resulting in a penalty shoot-out which Malaysia won 4–3. This was also the sixth SEA Games gold medal led by Ong Kim Swee after the successful achievement in 2009.[9]

Summer Olympics QualificationEdit

2012 Summer Olympics QualificationEdit

The team then continues their success by qualifying to the third round of 2012 Olympic Asian Qualifiers after defeating Pakistan on the first round and Lebanon on the second round with they become the sole team from Southeast Asia that able to qualify for the third round. However, in the third round, Malaysia lost all of their first three third round at the 2012 Olympic Asian qualifying matches, both lose 0–2 to Japan and Syria and 2–3 to Bahrain. Malaysia also lose on their second three third round and subsequently eliminated.

AFC U-23 ChampionshipEdit

2018 AFC U-23 ChampionshipEdit

Several years after the recent revival, the team made another debut to passed the AFC U-23 qualification in 2018. Positioned in Group H, the team managed to defeat Indonesia by a score of 3–0 while although suffers a similar score defeat to Thailand in the second match, the team subsequently bounce back and defeat Mongolia by 2–0. By leading the group results, Malaysia was able to qualify for the AFC U-23 Championship. The team then placed in Group C, though losing to Iraq in the first match by 1–4 before bouncing back to hold Jordan 1–1 and defeating Saudi Arabia by 1–0, the team became the group runners-up and subsequently became the first Southeast Asian representatives alongside Vietnam who able to qualify the quarter final for the first time in the tournament as well for both team history.[10] At the quarter final, Malaysia however loss to South Korea by 1–2.[11]

Asian GamesEdit

2018 Asian GamesEdit

The team then made another surprising results after being drawn in Group E in the 2018 Asian Games together with Kyrgyzstan, defending champion South Korea and Bahrain. Malaysia opened their group match with a 3–1 victory against Kyrgyzstan before managed to defeating the tournament favourites team of South Korea that was led by their 2018 FIFA World Cup players such as pair strikers Son Heung-min, Hwang Hee-chan and their goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo by 2–1 despite the latter goalkeeper did not playing in the match since he was rested.[12] The victory against South Korea is also considered as the first winning against the country in the Asian Games tournament after 16 years.[13] With high expectations from the fans began to arising, the team however failed to continue their success after losing to Bahrain by 2–3 despite already qualified to the second round and leading the group results.[14][15] The team then meet Japan and was eliminated from the tournament after their players wasting their attacking opportunities by playing cautiously in addition to their defender mistakes in the late 90th minute that subsequently giving advantage to their opponent by awarding a penalty kick which was successfully converted by Japanese striker Ayase Ueda resulting to a 0–1 score until the end of the time.[16][17]

International sceneEdit

In 2009, the Malaysian team uses the same squad for their under-23 team and senior team under the new management of coach K. Rajagopal. The senior team uses players below the age of 23, together with their senior players like Safee Sali and Norhafiz Zamani Misbah. This was set for the national team to prepare the challenges ahead of them. Since then, Malaysia also used some of their under-23 players for the tournament such as the Ho Chi Minh City Cup, 2010 Asian Games and 2010 AFF Championship. Malaysia used this way since the Football Association of Malaysia chairman, HRH Sultan Ahmad Shah, planned this and set the plan mainly for Rajagopal.[citation needed] This is as a result after the humiliation lost of the senior team by 0–5 to the United Arab Emirates at the 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification.

Tournament recordsEdit

Olympic GamesEdit

Olympic Games Record Olympic qualification Record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1992 Did not qualify 8 4 1 3 13 7
  1996 4 0 1 3 1 6
  2000 8 3 2 3 17 17
  2004 6 0 1 5 3 17
  2008 6 1 1 4 4 9
  2012 10 2 2 6 7 17
  2016 Did not qualify and reach best place in 2016 AFC U-23 Championship
  2020 Did not qualify and reach best place in 2020 AFC U-23 Championship
  2024 [to be determined]
  2028 [to be determined]
Total Best: 0/7 0 0 0 0 0 0 42 10 8 24 45 73
Note

Asian GamesEdit

Asian Games Record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
  2002 Round 1 17/24 3 1 0 2 3 6
  2006 30/32 3 0 0 3 2 10
  2010 Round 2 14/24 4 1 0 3 3 9
  2014 Round 1 19/29 3 1 0 2 4 6
  2018 Round 2 12/25 4 2 0 2 7 6
Total Best: Round 2 5/5 17 5 0 12 19 37
Note

AFC U-23 ChampionshipEdit

AFC U-23 Championship Record AFC U-23 qualification Record
Year Round GP W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  2013 See Malaysia national under-22 football team See Malaysia national under-22 football team
  2016 Did not qualify 3 1 0 2 3 3
  2018 Quarter-finals 4 1 1 2 4 7 3 2 0 1 5 3
  2020 Did not qualify 3 2 1 0 6 2
Total Best: Quarter-finals 4 1 1 2 4 7 9 5 1 3 14 8
Note
  • U-22 in 2012, U-23 since 2015 qualification.

SEA GamesEdit

SEA Games Record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
  2001   Silver 2/9 5 4 0 1 10 2
  2003   Bronze 3/8 5 3 1 1 17 8
  2005 3/9 5 3 0 2 12 6
  2007 Round 1 5/8 3 1 1 1 6 4
  2009   Gold 1/9 6 5 0 1 22 5
  2011 1/11 6 4 2 0 9 3
  2013 Fourth Place 4/10 6 3 2 1 11 6
  2015 Round 1 5/11 5 3 0 2 7 7
  20171   Silver 2/11 6 5 0 1 11 5
  2019 [to be determined]
  2021 [to be determined]
  2023 [to be determined]
  2025 [to be determined]
Total Best: Champions 9/9 47 31 6 10 105 46
Note
*Win on penalty kicks.
**Loss on penalty kicks.


ASEAN U-23Edit

AFF U-23 Youth Championship Record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
  2005 Fourth Place 4/8 5 2 2 1 7 10
  2011 CC/DNP
Total Best: Fourth Place 1/1 5 2 2 1 7 10
Note
  • * : Denotes draws including knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Summer UniversiadeEdit

Summer Universiade Record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
  2013 Eight Place 8/15 5 1 1 3 4 10
Total Best: Eight Place 1/1 5 1 1 3 4 10
Note

Recent results and fixturesEdit

  Win   Draw   Lose

2018Edit

2019Edit

Note
  • 1 : Non FIFA 'A' International match

Coaching StaffEdit

Position Name Nationality
Team Manager Subahan Kamal   Malaysia
Head Coach Ong Kim Swee   Malaysia
Assistant Coach Brad Maloney   Australia
Assistant Coach Khan Hung Meng   Malaysia
Fitness Coach Martin Stano   Slovakia
Goalkeeping Coach Yong Wai Hwang   Malaysia
Physiotherapist Harris Zafran Ahmad Haraman   Malaysia
Team Doctor Ridzuan Azmi   Malaysia
Masseur Ahmad Ramzi Ahmad Zaini   Malaysia
Video Analyst Ahmad Hilmi Abdul Latif   Malaysia
Nutritionist Norazmi Ramliy   Malaysia
Kitman Sukri Haimi   Malaysia
Media Officer Wan Mohd Fahkrul Anwar Wan Bakar   Malaysia
Team Administrator Azfendy Azzudin   Malaysia

SquadEdit

Current squadEdit

List of 23 players for the 2020 AFC U-23 Championship qualification.[18]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Haziq Nadzli (1998-01-06) 6 January 1998 (age 21)   Johor Darul Ta'zim
22 1GK Azri Ghani (1999-04-30) 30 April 1999 (age 20)   FELDA United
23 1GK Damien Lim Chien Khai (1997-02-15) 15 February 1997 (age 22)   Kelantan U21

2 2DF Amirul Ashraf Ariffin (1998-01-22) 22 January 1998 (age 21)   UiTM
3 2DF Dominic Tan Jun Jin (1997-03-12) 12 March 1997 (age 22)   Johor Darul Ta'zim
5 2DF Evan Wensley Wenceslaus (1998-08-15) 15 August 1998 (age 20)   Sabah
8 2DF Shahrul Nizam Ros Hani (1998-05-25) 25 May 1998 (age 21)   Kelantan
12 2DF Tasnim Fitri Nasir (1999-01-19) 19 January 1999 (age 20)   FELDA United
13 2DF Dinesh Rajasingam (1998-02-13) 13 February 1998 (age 21)   Pahang
15 2DF Hariz Kamarudin (1997-07-02) 2 July 1997 (age 21)   Johor Darul Ta'zim II
20 2DF Syahmi Safari (1998-02-05) 5 February 1998 (age 21)   Selangor

4 3MF Thivandaran Karnan (1999-03-08) 8 March 1999 (age 20)   Petaling Jaya City FC
6 3MF Danial Haqim Draman (1998-08-29) 29 August 1998 (age 20)   Kelantan
14 3MF Syamer Kutty Abba (1997-10-01) 1 October 1997 (age 21)   Johor Darul Ta'zim
16 3MF Danial Amier Norhisham (1997-03-27) 27 March 1997 (age 22)   FELDA United
18 3MF Izzan Syahmi Mustapa (1997-02-23) 23 February 1997 (age 22)   Terengganu II
21 3MF Nik Akif Syahiran Nik Mat (1999-05-11) 11 May 1999 (age 20)   Kelantan

7 4FW Faisal Halim (1998-01-07) 7 January 1998 (age 21)   Pahang
9 4FW Hadi Fayyadh Razak (2000-01-22) 22 January 2000 (age 19)   Fagiano Okayama
10 4FW Safawi Rasid (1997-03-05) 5 March 1997 (age 22)   Johor Darul Ta'zim
11 4FW Jafri Firdaus Chew (1997-06-11) 11 June 1997 (age 22)   PKNS
17 4FW Nik Azli Nik Alias (1997-01-26) 26 January 1997 (age 22)   Kelantan
19 4FW Akhyar Rashid (1999-05-01) 1 May 1999 (age 20)   Johor Darul Ta'zim

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have also been called up to the Malaysia squad within last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Khatul Anuar (1997-04-02) 2 April 1997 (age 22)   UKM Thailand Training Tour
GK Hamka Daud (1998-02-18) 18 February 1998 (age 21)   Negeri Sembilan 2018 International U-21 Thanh Niên Newspaper Cup
GK Nik Amin Ahmad   Terengganu II 2018 International U-21 Thanh Niên Newspaper Cup, PRE

DF Ariff Ar-Rasyid Ariffin (1998-12-28) 28 December 1998 (age 20)   PKNS U21 2020 AFC U-23 Championship qualification, PRE
DF Nazirul Afif Ibrahim (1997-04-20) 20 April 1997 (age 22)   Perak 2020 AFC U-23 Championship qualification, PRE
DF Nabil Hakim Bokhari (1999-02-09) 9 February 1999 (age 20)   Kuala Lumpur U21 2019 AFF U-22 Youth Championship
DF Danish Haziq Saipul Hisham (1997-09-12) 12 September 1997 (age 21)   Negeri Sembilan 2019 AFF U-22 Youth Championship
DF Amirul Haziq Rasmizal (1998-03-19) 19 March 1998 (age 21)   Selangor U21 Thailand Training Tour
DF Azarul Nazarith Azhar (1998-07-02) 2 July 1998 (age 20)   FELDA United Thailand Training Tour
DF Syaiful Alias (1999-01-12) 12 January 1999 (age 20)   Kelantan Thailand Training Tour
DF Al-Imran Halim (1999-02-16) 16 February 1999 (age 20)   UiTM 2018 International U-21 Thanh Niên Newspaper Cup
DF Khairu Anwar Khazali   PKNS U21 2018 International U-21 Thanh Niên Newspaper Cup
DF Sharul Nazeem Zulpakar   Selangor U21 2018 International U-21 Thanh Niên Newspaper Cup
DF Shivan Pillay Asokan (2000-12-07) 7 December 2000 (age 18)   PKNS U21 2018 International U-21 Thanh Niên Newspaper Cup
DF Asraff Hayqal Zainal (1997-12-15) 15 December 1997 (age 21)   UiTM 2018 International U-21 Thanh Niên Newspaper Cup, PRE
DF Ikhwan Hafiz (1998-02-28) 28 February 1998 (age 21)   PKNS U21 2018 International U-21 Thanh Niên Newspaper Cup, PRE
DF Ridzuan Razali (1997-09-11) 11 September 1997 (age 21)   Terengganu II 2018 International U-21 Thanh Niên Newspaper Cup, PRE
DF Hafiy Haikal Ismail (1998-04-24) 24 April 1998 (age 21)   Johor Darul Ta'zim II 2018 Asian Games CT, 1-7 July 2018
DF Loqman Hakim Marzuki (1998-01-22) 22 January 1998 (age 21)   Kedah U21 2018 Asian Games CT, 1-7 July 2018

MF Fadzrul Danel Nizam (1998-01-14) 14 January 1998 (age 21)   Kedah 2019 AFF U-22 Youth Championship PRE , WD
MF Zahril Azri Zabri (1999-02-04) 4 February 1999 (age 20)   FELDA United 2019 AFF U-22 Youth Championship PRE , WD
MF Jordan Ollerenshaw (1998-02-27) 27 February 1998 (age 21) Thailand Training Tour

FW Ariusdius Jais (1998-07-07) 7 July 1998 (age 20)   Sabah 2020 AFC U-23 Championship qualification, PRE
FW Kogileswaran Raj Mohana Raj (1998-09-21) 21 September 1998 (age 20)   Pahang 2020 AFC U-23 Championship qualification, PRE
FW Afiq Saluddin (1998-06-21) 21 June 1998 (age 21)   Kelantan Thailand Training Tour
FW Juzaerul Jasmi (2000-07-11) 11 July 2000 (age 18)   Kelantan U21 Thailand Training Tour
FW Fayadh Zulkifli Amin (1998-09-14) 14 September 1998 (age 20)   Kedah 2018 International U-21 Thanh Niên Newspaper Cup
FW Danial Ashraf Abdullah (1997-01-08) 8 January 1997 (age 22)   Kelantan 2018 International U-21 Thanh Niên Newspaper Cup, PRE
FW Syafiq Rizuan (1997-02-21) 21 February 1997 (age 22) 2018 Asian Games CT, 1-7 July 2018

CoachesEdit

HonoursEdit

RegionalEdit

OthersEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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