COACH PROMISES ’K DRAMA’
Koreans admit it’s hard to come up with winning script against Malaysia
SOUTH Korean coach Shin Kyo Seok was amazed with the manner Malaysia destroyed China 7-1 in the Asia Cup in Dhaka on Thursday.
Now, Kyo Seok wants to come up with an effective tactic to stop Malaysia in today’s Group B match.
A win for Malaysia will cement their spot in the round robin stage.
“The Malaysians are a matured team. They are very comfortable whenever on the ball.
“I have included new players in my squad following the failure in the World League Semi-Finals in London in June, where we lost 1-0 to Malaysia.
“It will not be easy as Malaysia are good in scoring goals from both penalty corners and open play.
“We just came in from a long and tiring domestic league and only had 10 days of centralised training before this tournament.
“My players were heavy-footed in the 7-2 win over Oman yesterday. We only picked up the momentum after the breather.
“Like Malaysia, we also want to win tomorrow to seal a spot in the round robin stage,” said Kyo Seok.
The stakes are high for South Korea as they need to win the Asia Cup to qualify for next year ’s World Cup.
As for Malaysia, they have already qualified for the World Cup through the World League SemiFinals.
Malaysian coach Stephen Van Huizen warned his players not to rely on past records when they take on Korea today.
“Korea and us play a similar style, but I expect them to come out stronger than they did against Oman tomorrow.
“We want to beat Korea as our target is to top our group,” said Van Huizen.
Malaysia’s Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin Tengku Jalil (centre) in action against China in the Asia Cup on Thursday.