Meeting U.23 Vietnam, the leader of the Malaysian delegation called on the players to reverse all predictions
Malaysia U.23 team received a lot of encouragement before the big challenge in the semi-finals of men’s football SEA Games 31 when clashing with the host U.23 Vietnam at Viet Tri Stadium (Phu Tho) at 19 pm tonight (May 19).
Before that, the 2-2 draw with Cambodia In the last match of Group B, U.23 Malaysia lost the top position of Group B to U.23 Thailand. This result led Brad Maloney’s team to face the defending champions Host U.23 Vietnam (first team of Group A) led by coach Park Hang-seo. This is something that Malaysian public opinion does not want when they want the home team to avoid meeting U.23 Vietnam, which is rated very strongly in the semi-finals.
U.23 Malaysia team practice to prepare for the match against U.23 Vietnam
However, the team leader, Muhammad Mukhairi Ajmal Mahadi said that losing the top position of Group B and meeting U.23 Vietnam was assessed to be stronger, which did not affect the spirit and determination of the U players. 23 Malaysia aims to win the right to the final.
Mr. Ajmal Mahadi said the performance of Malaysia U.23 in Group B finished second in the group, maintaining an unbeaten record cannot be a measure for the match against U.23 Vietnam. “For me, the semi-final is different from the group stage because our spirit and confidence is different. I believe in the players and we can surprise the Malaysians. We hope the With the support of all sides and with the prayers of the parents and people of Malaysia, the whole team can do their best for the country.We call on the players to have faith to reverse any predictions that Vietnam will win to give everything to qualify for the final,” said Ajmal Mahadi in an interview with Bernama news agency.
Coach Maloney wants Malaysia U.23 to solve the match in 90 minutes
Meanwhile, in the pre-match press conference, Malaysia U.23 coach Brad Maloney set his determination to take the team further in this competition. In it, the Australian military leader hopes that his students will try to avoid the penalty shootout in the clash with the host U.23 Vietnam. “We want to go further this time and I don’t think any player wants to play more than 90 minutes of the game,” coach Maloney emphasized in a press conference on May 18.
Commenting on the strength of Vietnam, Maloney said Coach Park Hang-seo is strengthened by 3 excellent players over 23 years old as well as owns many quality players, but he is confident that Malaysia U.23 will be able to cope. “We are the youngest team in this semi-final, so we have to show our best. We have carefully studied the Vietnamese team’s style of play, but my players have prepared well,” added Coach Maloney.
Vietnam U.23 team is determined to defend the gold medal
The match at Viet Tri Stadium was a repeat of the 2005 semi-final in the Philippines, when Malaysia lost 1-2 and ended the tournament with a bronze medal after beating Indonesia 1-0 in the third match. Vietnam’s hand in the 2003 SEA Games after losing 3-4 and also winning bronze when defeating Myanmar. However, Malaysia had a “revenge” when it overcame Vietnam 1-0 to win gold at the 2009 SEA Games in Laos.
The winner of this match will advance to the final (to take place on May 22) and clash with the winner of the remaining semi-final match between U.23 Thailand and U.23 Indonesia taking place at Thien Truong Stadium, Nam Dinh province at 4 p.m. this afternoon (May 19).
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