Su­mareh let down by poor form

New Straits Times - - SPORT - Farah Azharie

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.

Mohamadou Su­mareh

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