Monday, August 17, 2015


Harimau Muda C Show Slovene Promise

PETALING JAYA: The Harimau Muda C’s playing tour of Slovakia was a roaring success.
The Under-19 coach Hassan Sazali Mohamed Waras said the 11-week stint (May 27-Aug 13) saw the boys winning 15 of the 17 matches.

“The boys settled down fast to their new surroundings after losing the opening game (June 2). All the 29 players had their fair share of playing time. We did well with 15 wins, a draw and a defeat. There are plenty of positives to take from the stint.”

He said strikers Mohd Syamer Kutty Abba and Muhd Jafri Chew who scored 11 goals during the stint were among those who gave a good account of themselves.
“The players showed a lot of promise and I hope they maintain the same momentum when we play in tournaments,” said Hassan.

The boys’ first test will be in the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Under-19 championship in Vientiane, Laos from Aug 23-Sept 3 followed with the Asian Under-19 qualifying rounds from Sept 26-Oct 6.

A total of 23 players have been picked for centralised training for the AFF, including two players from Frenz United.

Malaysia are drawn in Group B with hosts Vietnam, Myanmar, Singapore and Timor Leste while Group A consist of Thailand, Australia, Cambodia, Brunei, the Philippines and Laos.

Hassan added the players can expect stiffer oppositions in the AFC qualifying rounds as they have been pitted against China, North Korea and Macau in Group I.

The 10 group winners and the best five runner-ups will advance to the final rounds in Jordan next year. 

Results in Slovakia
FK Inter Bratislava (2-1)
FK Puchov (3-1)
Cermansky FK Nitra (4-0)
FK Dac 1904 Dunajska Stredaula (3-2)
MFK Ruzamberuk (5-1)
FK Lokomotiva Tranava (2-0)
MFK Dubnica Nad Vahom (3-0)
MFK Topvar Topokany (1-0)
FKM Nove Zamky (5-1)
Inter Dubravka SKP (2-0)
Jaslovske Bohunice SK BL (4-0)
Vion Zlate Moravce (2-0)
FKM Karlova Ves (2-1)
Spartak Myjava (3-0)
FK Slovan Levice (3-1)
MFK Skalica (2-2)
FC Banik Horna Nitra (0-2)

COMMENT - I know many have been critical of these sorts of tours, expecting near immediate results from the players but it doesn't work like that.  But it certainly doesn't do any harm to have some teenagers more than hold their own playing in an alien environment and should, as long as they keep grounded, hold them in good stead for the future.

Certainly there is likely to be more benefit to Malaysian football in tours like these rather than pointless friendlies against visiting EPL sides who aren't even fully fit

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