Keep the momentum going
“WE need to play like a team that have qualified for the World Cup.”
That was what national captain Shukri Mutalib said after the 7-1 win over China in Thursday’s Asian Cup Group B match in Dhaka.
Malaysia will play South Korea today.
“It’s not the same anymore. Now, everyone looks up on us, and we must make sure we give our best in every match.
“We defeated China (5-1), India (3-2) and South Korea (1-0) in the World League Semi-Finals in June, and we must maintain our superiority over them,” said Shukri.
In the world league, Malaysia took fourth spot compared to India’s sixth, Pakistan’s seventh, China’s eighth and Korea’s ninth.
“We must continue our momentum here from London where we were the best placed Asian team.
“Our dream here is to qualify for our first ever final in the Asia Cup,” Shukri added.
For the record, Malaysia made six semi-finals, but only achieved one bronze medal in the 2007 Chennai since the tournament’s inception in 1982.