COACH PROM­ISES ’K DRAMA’

Kore­ans ad­mit it’s hard to come up with win­ning script against Malaysia

New Straits Times - - Sport - RE­PORTS BY JUGJET SINGH jug jet@nst.com.my

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.

PIC COUR­TESY OF ASIAN HOCKEY FED­ER­A­TION

Malaysia’s Tengku Ah­mad Ta­jud­din Tengku Jalil (cen­tre) in ac­tion against China in the Asia Cup on Thurs­day.

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