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Khairil determined to help Malaysia defeat Japan

One of the boys set to captain Malaysia in the coming 2020 AFC U-16 Championship qualification, Khairil Zain is determined to see his team overcome defending champions Japan in the group stage.

Having edged the likes of Iran, North Korea, Australia and Thailand in two tournaments this year, their true test will start next week in Vientiane, Laos, when they take part in Group J of the qualifiers, against Cambodia, hosts Laos, and group favourites Japan.

They will first take on Cambodia on September 18, before facing Laos two days later, and will finally go up against Japan on 22 September.