Luqman Hakim and Malaysia U-19’s World Cup dream extinguished one day before Christmas

By | December 25, 2020
Luqman Hakim and Malaysia U-19’s World Cup dream extinguished one day before Christmas

Luqman Hakim and Malaysia U-19’s World Cup dream extinguished in the future earlier than Christmas

If Luqman Hakim and his cohort need to play within the World Cup, they are going to now need to do it with the Malaysia senior nationwide crew.

A choice made by FIFA simply in the future earlier than Christmas Day has put a cease to Malaysia U-19’s dream.

On Thursday, December 24, FIFA introduced that it has cancelled the 2021 editions of the lads’s U-20 and U-17 World Cup competitions.

In an announcement issued by way of its web site, the world soccer governing physique defined that the choice was made as a result of challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“…it grew to become clear that the worldwide state of affairs has didn’t normalise to a ample stage to handle the challenges related to internet hosting each tournaments, together with the feasibility of the related qualification pathways.”

In 2019, Australian head coach Brad Maloney-led Malaysia U-19 took one step nearer in the direction of realising their World Cup dream, once they certified for the 2020 AFC U-19 Championship finals. Maloney’s costs embrace 2020 Purpose NxGn lister Luqman Hakim, who’s at present with Belgian top-tier aspect KV Kortrijk.

Luqman Hakim, Malaysia U19, 3 Aug 2020

Luqman Hakim. Picture by Sports activities Regime

The Younger Tigers would have wanted to succeed in the semi-finals of the AFC finals on the very least, so as to e-book their World Cup spot. The 2020 AFC U-19 Championship finals had earlier been scheduled to be performed in Uzbekistan in October 2020, earlier than it was then postponed to March 2021 as a result of pandemic. Maloney’s costs have been drawn in Group D alongside Qatar, Tajikistan and Yemen, and the event remains to be set to happen.

For Luqman and his U-19 teammates, who principally are the primary batch of Mokhtar Dahari Academy graduates, they now haven’t any likelihood of qualifying for a junior World Cup as FIFA doesn’t organise any U-23 or U-22 World Cup tournaments.

Malaysia’s neighbour and regional rival Indonesia in the meantime have been assured of their World Cup spot. Initially the deliberate host of the 2021 U-20 World Cup, with Peru internet hosting the U-17 event, FIFA has determined that the 2 nations will host the following editions as an alternative, in 2023.

Other than Malaysia and Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos are the opposite Southeast Asian nations which have additionally certified for the 2020 AFC U-19 Championship finals. 

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