Negeri Sembilan prolific striker Ahmad Shakir Md. Ali, who has answered a call-up for the Asia's Olympic qualifying round, is determined to give his best shot in the selection for the starting line-up.
Having learned his lesson after being ousted from the Olympic squad, Ahmad Shakir, 23, said he realized that the squad needed a striker due to the absence of Izzaq Faris Ramlan and resolved to fill the void.
"I was dropped from the squad for I had failed to rise to the occasion before, but this time around I will use the opportunity to show my worth.
"I will give my best shot as I believe the two goals that I scored in the Super League recently may not be good enough for the starting line-up," he told Bernama after attending a training session along with 24 players at Wisma FAM, Kelana Jaya.
The lanky Izzaq Faris, 22, is recuperating from a knee surgery following an injury sustained during the Indonesian SEA Games in November last year and his absence had opened up opportunities for other strikers, including Ahmad Shakir to fill the void.
Ahmad Shakir, who was a former Harimau Muda A and Kedah player, was a pale shadow of himself when he played for the Olympic squad in an encounter against Pakistan on Feb 23 last year.
After being dropped from the Olympic squad and sat on the Kedah's substitute bench in last season's Super League, he made an astonishing comeback for Negeri Sembilan and scored both goals against Johor FC in their 2-0 win in the Super League on Jan 14.
Malaysia, who are facing an uphill battle after losing three matches in the Asian Zone's Olympics qualifying round, will have to make amend in the fourth match against Bahrain at the Manama National Stadium on Feb 5.