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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Amri Yahyah 'must prove himself' after return to Selangor in MSL

Malaysia captain Amri Yahyah
Malaysia captain Amri Yahyah must prove himself on his return to Selangor says coach P. Maniam.

Selangor have defended their decision to open the door to the return of veteran attacker Amri Yahyah to the 33-time Malaysia Cup champions.

The national captain, 36, has gone back to the team where he began his senior career in 2001 after an unsuccessful stint with Malaysia Super League (MSL) strugglers Melaka United.

He also spent three seasons with Johor Darul Ta'zim until 2016, but failed to secure a regular starting spot with the Southern Tigers.

"Amri is a quality player who can play in any attacking position. He can be an asset to the team, but he needs to prove himself, and also guide the others," Selangor coach P. Maniam told New Straits Times.

Melaka United reluctantly parted ways with the versatile forward, who failed to make a significant impact at the newly promoted side.

"We are undecided whether to terminate Amri's contract or turn it into a loan deal as he signed with us until the end of the season. But this is a small issue, and we do not require a transfer fee from Selangor," Melaka United Soccer Association deputy president Datuk Yusoff Mahadi said.

"We have deregistered him, and he has gone to Selangor for good."

Amri is expected to be in the Malaysia national squad for June's AFC Asian Cup qualifier against Lebanon on June 13, with the June 8 game in North Korea postponed until October.

Selangor also axed Romanian midfielder Victor Astafei, and re-registered their former Indonesian winger Andik Vermansyah.

26-year-old Andik had been dropped for the Red Giants' squad earlier in the season after a serious knee injury.

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