Mis­bun’s as­pi­ra­tion to lift the Thomas Cup

The Borneo Post - - SPORT -

SEPANG: Na­tional men’s sin­gles head coach, Datuk Mis­bun Sidek is hop­ing to see the Malaysian shut­tlers lift the cov­eted Thomas Cup and end the 26-year drought by Malaysia to claim vic­tory in the tour­na­ment be­fore he re­tires.

Mis­bun, a for­mer na­tional bad­minton sin­gles player, did not dis­count the pos­si­bil­ity that the Thomas Cup edi­tion this time would be his last in­volve­ment with the na­tional team for the com­pe­ti­tion to be held for eight days be­gin­ning Sun­day i n Bangkok, Thai­land.

“Yes, maybe the last. That is why I hope that the na­tional team can cre­ate a sur­prise. Although af­ter re­tir­ing as a coach, I would cer­tainly hope that the Malaysian shut­tlers would suc­ceed at ev­ery edi­tion of the Thomas Cup and see that Malaysia emerge as champion.

“With the prepa­ra­tions that we have made over the past sev­eral months, I see that the team mem­bers are highly spir­ited. I hope all the sin­gles play­ers as well as the dou­bles can work to­gether to re­alise the dream of end­ing the 26-year drought with­out any cham­pi­onship ti­tle,” he said.

He said this when ap­proached by reporters at the KLIA2, here yes­ter­day be­fore de­part­ing for Bangkok.

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