Amri named Malaysia’s new captain

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Malaysia’s search for a captain has ended, with Amri Yahyah appointed the national team’s new skipper following the retirement of Safiq Rahim.

Amri’s first game as captain will be on Tuesday when Malaysia take on Indonesia in an international friendly in Solo.

It is also understood that the 35-year-old will don the captain’s armband for Malaysia at the AFF Suzuki Cup in November.

“I think it’s fated for me to lead the team,” he told The New Strait Times. “I was not expecting it and to be given the trust to carry out this responsibility at my age is a real honour.

“I hope to carry it out to the best of my ability and to get the assistance of my teammates to help me carry out the duties I have been given to lead this team.”

Malaysia are looking to recover after losing Safiq, S. Kunanlan, Aidil Zafuan and Amirulhadi Zainal to retirement in July. Amri, who is the most experienced player in the Malaysia squad with 55 caps after making his debut in 2004, is willing to shoulder that responsibility, but admitted that he doesn’t know how much longer he will be able to play at the highest level.

“I don’t know how long I can carry on, but I will keep on going for as long as I can,” he said. “In football, you can never get the feeling of being satisfied. You always feel there is more to be achieved. you want to improve yourself all the time.”

Speaking about the match against Indonesia, Amri made it clear that anything less than a draw will be considered a failure.

“We have to at least come home without defeat from Indonesia, that is the minimum,” he said.