The Malaysian national team suffered a double blow today with both the captain and vice-captain announcing their retirement from the international scene.
Striker Safiq Rahim and defender Aidil Zafuan Abdul Razak are both veterans in the national squad, having started their international career with the U-23 squad which won the SEA Games football gold medal in 2009. They were also part of the team which won the AFF Suzuki Cup the following year.
The duo, both aged 29, also play for Johor Darul Takzim (JDT) in the Malaysia Super League, with Aidil having joined the Southern Tigers in 2012 and Safiq following in his footsteps in 2013.
Both players announced their retirement on the Johor Southern Tigers page on Facebook earlier today.
Safiq is also captain of JDT and led them to the title in the Super League for the past two years.
Local football pundits consider him the best Malaysian player of his generation.
In his statement on the Johor Southern Tigers page, Safiq said that he wanted to give the opportunity for other players in Harimau Malaya to carry on his roles.
Both FAM and national coach Ong Kim Swee have yet to respond to the sudden quit notice from Safiq and Aidil.
Via: Free Malaysia