KAZAN, (Russia) July 7 (Bernama) -- Harimau Muda A manager, Ong Kim Swee has called up Junior Eldstal from Sarawak and Muhammad Nazri Ahmad (Johor Darul Takzim) to strengthen the Malaysian squad at the 27th World University Games (Universiade).
Ong said so far, only Junior had been confirmed for the trip to Kazan in the immediate future while the management of the university football team was still waiting for approval from the Johor Football Association (PBNJ) to determine the status of the JDT defender, Muhammad Nazri.
"Junior and Nazri will replace the two players who were injured namely Wan Ahmad Amirzafran Wan Nadriz and Mohd Nazirunaim Che Hashim. However, we are waiting for the release from JDT on the status of Muhammad Nazri.
"If there is no release, I will call up another Harimau Muda A player, Mohd Fandi Othman to assist the team," he told reporters, here today.
Ong said the approval on the cancellation of the participation of Wan Ahmad Amirzafran and Mohd Nazirunaim was decided by the neutral panel comprising representatives from Great Britain, Japan, China, Russia and Germany at a meeting this afternoon.
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"We need players who are truly fit to continue with the remaining matches if we qualify for the quarterfinals," he said.
After beating Italy 2-0 in the first match, the university football squad was hampered by the problem of a lack of players and the team only had 13 players who were fit for the second match against the 2011 finalist, Great Britain tomorrow and Algeria on Wednesday.
The squad, with 16 players previously, faced a problem when the main goalkeeper, Mohd Izham Tarmizi Roslan and midfielder Syahrul Azwari Ibrahim were sent off during the match against Italy.
Commenting on the match against Great Britain tomorrow, Ong said there was not much change in terms of tactical and wanted his wards to maintain the momentum of play when they beat Italy last Friday.