Sumareh let down by poor form
Sumareh felt he did not hit form in Malaysia’s opening AFF Cup match against Cambodia on Friday.
The Gambia-born struck the post and missed a sitter, both in the second half, as the national team edged the minnows 1-0 in Phnom Penh.
Sumareh, who has earned four caps and scored two goals, said the synthetic pitch at the Olympic Stadium was also a contributing factor to his unsatisfactory performance.
“I need to work on my game with the team for our next match. As for the win over Cambodia, I think we did okay but it wasn’t our best performance,” said the 24-year-old.
Tan Cheng Hoe’s men will face Laos in their second Group A match at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil tomorrow.
“The coach has identified our limitations, and we will work on them ahead of the Laos match.
“The goal is to play better in all aspects. Hopefully, our fans will come in numbers and support us on Monday,” quipped Sumareh.
Sumareh, however, cautioned that Laos could be a tough nut to crack as they may play defensive following the 3-0 defeat to Vietnam in their opening match.
“Laos may play tight at the back for a draw. We need to take our chances and score as many goals we can.
“Of course, we are the favourites but we should treat them with respect and also focus on our game,” Sumareh added.