Not intend humble, but said Sze Yuin, champion status in 2015 Singapore made the national team as a target for opponents overthrown.

“All the competitors know that Malaysia is a strong team, it is common when down last edition champions. For me, it’s a challenge for a player to retain the title.

“For me, apart from Malaysia and Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines between rivals who are able to give a tough fight,” he told.

Elaborating, Sze Yuin told the national team will undergo intensive training in Perth, Australia during 10 days in March next year in preparation for the SEA games starting 19 August.

“In March we will filter out 18 to 15 players for the SEA Games, before finalizing the 12 players at the end of July,” he said

Meanwhile, the Malaysian team captain during the 2015 SEA Games champion, Nur Izzati Yaakob said he was determined to defend the title challenge had been to strengthen the squad this time.

“I hope all the players have the same determination to meralisasikan this target next year,” he said.