Harimau Malaya have suffered a blow to their preparations for their Asian Cup qualifier against Lebanon on June 13 after four Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) players suffered injuries.
The national team will be without the likes of Aidil Zafuan, S. Kunanlan, Fazly Mazlan and Azrif Nasrulhaq will not feature in their home ground of the Larkin Stadium next week.
Newly-appointed head coach Nelo Vingada has replaced the players with Nazrin Syamsul Bahri (PKNS), Faisal Rosli (Pahang), Afif Amiruddin (Pahang) and Nazirul Naim (Perak).
“The injuries suffered by the boys and calling up these news four players will not affect the team’s preparations. In fact, it is going better than expected,” he said as quoted by The Star.
“I am hoping for no more injuries because I want to maintain this squad until the match.
“We have a week from the match, and I am sure everything will go according to plan.”
Nelo Vingada believes that he will prove the critics wrong by upsetting Lebanon next week.