KUALA LUMPUR: Shuttler Zulfadli Zulkifliwill have a place in the squad for the Asian Junior Championships but Misbun Ramdan Misbun’s hope to make a first appearance is still in doubt.
Zulfadli and Ramdan are the two players not in the Badminton Association of Malaysia’s (BAM) stable fighting for places in the team for the championships, which will be held at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara from July 12-19.
The Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) chief coach, Sun Chenhua, said that in a meeting among the junior coaches yesterday, it was decided that the 16-year-old Zulfadli was good for a place in the team.
He said that Zulfadli had justified his position after going through three stages of the selection process conducted by the BAM over the last four months.
Zulfadli, who is funded by KLRC Bhd, showed his ability to more than match the BJSS players during a two-week centralised training stint.
He emerged tops in round-robin matches against the BJSS players and in the final selection process, he proved to be just as fit as the others.
In the recent 100Plus National Junior Circuit Grand Finals in Seremban, Zulfadli emerged as the boys’ Under-16 champion.