KUALA LUMPUR: Former Malaysia national squad defender Datuk Soh Chin Aun has been confirmed as the player with the most international football appearances and was declared as the newest member of the FIFA Century Club.
The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) has released a statement on Wednesday announcing the news after confirmation was received from FIFA via the latest update on the FIFA Century Club membership reserved for players with at least 100 international caps.
The updated list currently has seven Malaysians and the three other Malaysian legends who were included in the updated list are Zainal Abidin Hassan, the late Datuk M. Chandran and Datuk Santokh Singh.
The prestigious list is based on FIFA’s official statistics compiled in collaboration with the statistics-collecting body involving football associations, the RSSSF.
The 71-year-old legend who hails from Melaka expressed his gratitude for the recognition given. He is quite overwhelmed by the confirmation of the record of the player with the most number of appearances in the world is the highest honour for him. His total caps, (195), surpasses the record of Ahmed Hassan of Egypt who made 184 appearances, Bader Al-Mutawa of Kuwait (181) and Ahmed Mubarak of Oman (180). -BERNAMA
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