Datuk Soh Chin Ann was confirmed to have made 195 appearances on the worldwide stage despite the fact that the variety of caps recorded by FAM was 252, as Fifa solely recognised class A matches involving the 71-year-old from Melaka. ― Image from Fb/Istana Negara
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 4 ― The Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, immediately conveyed his congratulations to nationwide soccer legend Datuk Soh Chin Ann who had been recognised as essentially the most capped participant within the worldwide soccer historical past.
The Raja Permaisuri Agong, Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah, additionally congratulated the previous nationwide squad defender who had been declared the latest member of the Fifa Century Membership which is reserved for gamers with no less than 100 worldwide caps.
In a press release uploaded on Istana Negara’s Fb web page, Their Majesties additionally expressed their happiness and pleasure over the success, which was additionally described as not solely a historic feat for Malaysia however one which garnered accolades for the nation on the worldwide stage.
“Their Majesties described Chin Ann’s achievement as a really significant success for Malaysia. Congratulations and properly executed,” the assertion learn.
Chin Ann was confirmed to have made 195 appearances on the worldwide stage despite the fact that the variety of caps recorded by FAM was 252, as Fifa solely recognised class A matches involving the 71-year-old from Melaka.
Chin Ann, who represented Malaysia from 1969-1984, was one of many 4 nationwide legends together with Zainal Abidin Hassan, the late Datuk M. Chandran and Datuk Santokh Singh inducted into Fifa Century Membership in its newest August updates yesterday.
Chin Ann’s whole caps surpassed the document of Ahmed Hassan of Egypt who made 184 appearances, Bader Al Mutawa of Kuwait (181) and Ahmed Mubarak of Oman (180).
The opposite notable names within the prime 10 have been Spain’s Sergio Ramos (180, fifth), Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo (179, sixth) and Italy’s Gianluigi Buffon (176, ninth).
Beforehand, three legends, particularly Datuk Abdul Shukor Salleh who had 163 worldwide appearances, the late Datuk Mokhtar Dahari (138) and the late Datuk R. Arumugam (131) got recognition as members of the Fifa Century Membership. ― Bernama