LionsXII coach Fandi names 24 footballers for Malaysian Super League 2014 squad

New LionsXII coach Fandi Ahmad's first training session as the new coach of LionsXII, on Dec 16, 2013. Fandi has gone for a blend of youth and experience to defend the Malaysian Super League (MSL) title. -- ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
New LionsXII coach Fandi Ahmad's first training session as the new coach of LionsXII, on Dec 16, 2013. Fandi has gone for a blend of youth and experience to defend the Malaysian Super League (MSL) title. -- ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

New LionsXII coach Fandi Ahmad has gone for a blend of youth and experience to defend the Malaysian Super League (MSL) title.

The 51-year-old named a 24-man squad, which includes senior internationals such as Isa Halim, Safuwan Baharudin and Khairul Amri while promoting six youngsters from the Courts Young Lions, which is essentially the national Under-21 team.

They are goalkeeper Abdul Qadir, defenders Afiq Yunos, Raihan Rahman and Emmeric Ong and midfielders Ignatius Ang and Samuel Benjamin.

Fandi said: "I am pleased to have a strong squad that is a combination of experience and youthful energy.

"A number of these players participated in international friendly matches and tournaments, and now at the SEA Games and they will certainly add a lot of invaluable experience and resilience to the squad."

The LionsXII will begin their MSL campaign with a match against Malaysia Cup champions Pahang in Kuantan on Jan 17.