Social Star: 5 Malaysia U-23 footballers to follow

Timothy Wee Timothy Wee

FOX Sports Asia picks out five Malaysia U-23 stars from their historic AFC U-23 Championship squad and examine their lives off the pitch.

Despite losing 2-1 to the Korea Republic in the recent AFC U-23 Championship quarter-finals, the Malaysia team still created history by qualifying for the top eight for the first time.

Recovering from their opening 4-1 defeat to Iraq, Ong Kim Swee’s men put on a plucky display to draw 1-1 with Jordan before pulling off a shock 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia in their final group stage match to book a spot in the final eight.

While the entire Malaysia U-23 team deserves to be commended, here are our five standout players who have covered themselves in glory – both on and off the pitch!

1. Dominic Tan

CH4MPIONS ?????? always thankful to be part of this big big club ❤️??

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Age: 20
Position: Defender
Club: Vilaverdense (On loan from Johor Darul Ta’zim)
Followers: 27.5k (@dominictjj)

2. Matthew Davies

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Age: 23
Position: Full-back
Club: Pahang FA
Followers: 111k (@mattdavies)

3. Safawi Rasid

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Age: 20
Position: Forward
Club: Johor Darul Ta’zim
Followers: 118k (@safawirasid29)

4. Danial Amier Norhisham

Age: 20
Position: Midfielder
Club: FELDA United
Followers: 28.1k (@danialamier21)

5. N. Thanabalan

Age: 21
Position: Forward
Club: Negeri Sembilan FA
Followers: 65.7k (@nthanabalan_2529)