I haven’t seen such excitement and passion generated for Malaysian football in a very, very long time. It goes to show that Rajagobal and his boys are on the right track, even despite the 3 – 5 loss to Singapore in the first leg match. In any case, I will be rooting for Harimau Malaya all the way. TANAH TUMPAHNYA DARAHKU!
Denying the Indonesians victory on their own home-ground is proof that Malaysia has what it takes to be declared champions of the South-East Asian region. Last night the team was a tad bit slower (I find it funny how Indonesians had to surround Norshahrul Idlan Talaha with three defensive players each time he tries to get the ball), the fascinating players were Safee Sali with his lone strike and Khairul Fahmi Che Mat with his amazing saves, including a penalty shot. Indonesians have only themselves to blame if they fail to hit the back of the net five times, especially when they could have taken the lead through that penalty. As the sports commentator on ESPN said, “Indonesia is now playing bridesmaid for the fourth time”.
Tahniah, Harimau Malaya and tahniah, Rajagobal (you most definitely deserve a Datukship) for your team’s success. This victory belongs to you. Thank you for reviving the fortunes of Malaysian football.
The Malaysian football team played way beyond my expectations last night for their first semi-final clash against Viet Nam. It has been a long time since I saw the national team play like champions. The passing was superb, the midfield was create and the attacks….very sharp. There were mistakes made, but they were few and far in between. The game is not yet over however. If the boys want to qualify for the AFF Cup final match, they must play well again against Viet Nam in Hanoi this Saturday.