Keep the mo­men­tum go­ing

New Straits Times - - Sport -

“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.

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