PETALING JAYA, July 15 (Bernama) -- Harimau Muda C head coach Aminuddin Hussin expressed regret over the Bukit Jalil Sports School's (BJSS) refusal to allow three main players to join the team's training stint in Slovakia.
The three players who are the mainstay of the team - Ahmad Syihan Hazmi Mohamed (goalkeeper); Mohd Raphi Azizan Mariappen (midfielder), Mohd Arif Fadzilah Abu Bakar (defender) - have been denied permission to join the training stint in Slovakia that is expected to last for two months.
"What I was informed was that the BJSS management's decision to refuse permission was due to the length of the training stint...they feel it is too long. We have prepared them by participating in the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) League for about six months but unfortunately they cannot join the team to Slovakia.
"The absence of the three players will certainly offset our plans to prepare a formidable team for an important tournament this year and for the future," he told reporters at Wisma FAM, Kelana Jaya, today.
Aminuddin said the squad, also known as the National Under-19 squad would leave to Slovakia tomorrow and return on Aug 20.
He said the training stint in Europe was part of the team's preparations for the Asean Under-19 Championship in Surabaya, Indonesia from Sept 9-22 and Under-19 Qualifiers in Zhejiang, China from Oct 8-12.
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