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Harimau Malaya to go for the kill

July 22, 2011

SINGAPORE: Malaysia will go in for the kill and will not be bothered by previous records when they meet Singapore in first leg of the second round of the 2014 World Cup Asian Zone Qualifier tomorrow.

Coach K Rajagobal said he was very happy with the team’s form but declined to compare the achievements of previous national teams with the present one.

“One must understand that we have a different situation and a different set of players. We only have to think about what we are going to do tomorrow, not the past track record,” he told reporters at a hotel here today.

Rajagobal said they were aiming to win the away match at the Jalan Besar Stadium with the players being told give their 100% commitment and go for the kill whenever the opportunity arises.

He said, however, Malaysia would never underestimate their arch-rivals who deserve the respect.

For Harimau Malaya captain Shafiq Rahim, he and his team-mates had set their minds to qualify to the next round.

Despite Malaysia and Singapore had not played against each other for the past three years, he said the players were high in spirit and were resolved to deliver in the crucial match.

He said the team picked up the pieces after their disastrous 1-5 defeat at the hands of Indonesia in the AFF Suzuki Cup campaign in Jakarta in December last year and had since improved their spirit and resilience.

While admitting that the pressure on his side is mounting, Shafiq vowed to create another football history for the country.

Singapore coach Radojko Avramovic said after watching videos on Malaysian teams performance in the World Cup preliminary rounds and international friendlies, he felt the Lions could capitalise on the Tigers’ flaws.

Singapore captain Shahril Ishak said his team would take the advantage of their home-ground advantage to deny Malaysia the victory.

“It will be an interesting encounter,” he said.

- Bernama


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