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Eight clean sheets earn Kalamullah call-up

PJ CITY goalkeeper Kalamullah Al-Hafiz Mat Rowi hopes to earn his first cap with Harimau Malaya in next month's friendlies in Amman, Jordan.

The 26-year-old earned a national call-up following his impressive performance in this season's Super League.

He had recorded eight clean sheets in 19 appearances for the Phoenix.

National coach Tan Cheng Hoe called up 24 players, who will report for centralised training on Oct 1, ahead of their friendly matches against World No 93 Jordan on Oct 6 and 84th-ranked Uzbekistan three days later in Amman.

The coach is using the friendlies to test a few new faces to prepare for next year's Asian Cup qualifiers.

Among those left out were Mohamadou Sumareh, Liridon Krasniqi, Junior Eldstal and Farizal Marlias.

"I am really happy to earn a national call up for the first time. I must thank the coach for giving me the opportunity," said Kalamullah.

Cheng Hoe's side will leave for Amman on Oct 3.

Kalamullah turned to teammates and former internationals, Mahalli Jasuli, Khyril Muhymeen Zambri and K. Gurusamy for advice after receiving the call-up.

"They told me that international football is fast," said Kalamullah.

"They also shared with me how I should play if given an opportunity in Amman. I have to work hard to get a chance playing."

The 1.78m Kota Baru-born is one of three goalkeepers called up by Cheng Hoe for the matches.

The others are Melaka United's Khairul Fahmi Che Mat and Selangor's Khairulazhan Khalid.

"Even if I do not play in Amman, it will still be a new experience for me. I hope to gain from the exposure."

However, Kalamullah is now focused on PJ City's Malaysia Cup campaign.

They will open against Sabah on Monday, followed by Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) on Thursday.

PJ City had finished seventh in the Super League.

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