By Gabriel Tan
Hazwan spent 2012 plying his trade with Ong Kim Swee's Under-23 side in Singapore's Great Eastern-YEO's S.League, helping them to an impressive fourth-placed finish behind Tampines Rovers, DPMM FC and Albirex Niigata.
The 21-year-old, who is currently on loan from Kuala Lumpur, finished the campaign as Harimau Muda's top scorer with eight goals and his impressive displays earned him a spot on the seven-man reserve list in Malaysia coach K. Rajagobal's preliminary squad for the Suzuki Cup.
However, he has since been promoted to the main team for Wednesday's friendly against Hong Kong, and is hoping he gets a chance to prove his worth and force his way into his national team boss' plans for the region's most-prestigious international tournament.
"I feel very lucky to be called up to the national team again," he told ESPNSTAR.com. "I admit it is not easy to get a place in the team and I am grateful to have been given the chance once more.
"I will try and maintain a good performance in the national team and if I am given the chance against Hong Kong tomorrow [Wednesday], I will give my best."
As defending champions, Malaysia are expected to once again go all the way in the Suzuki Cup, although they are likely to face stern resistance from the likes of Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Singapore.
Nonetheless, Harimau Malaya have arguably the most talented pool of players to call from, especially up front with the likes of Safee Sali, Norshahrul Idlan Talaha, Ahmad Fakri Saarani, Khyril Muhymeen Zambri and Zaquan Adha all vying for a starting berth.
This does mean that Hazwan faces an uphill task edging into contention for Suzuki Cup selection even though he is one of the country's brightest prospects, although he is determined to do all he can to make the squad.
"Obviously there's a bit of pressure this time around as we need to retain the Suzuki Cup," he added. "And for me, I have to fight for a place with the current strikers of Harimau Malaya.
"However, I am ready to take this challenge and make full use of this chance to prove myself. I hope to be selected for the final squad for the Suzuki Cup."
Hazwan made his debut for Malaysia back in April and scored a hat-trick in a 6-0 win over Sri Lanka.