KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia advanced to the final of the Under-15 Asean Football Federation (AFF) Championship after beating three-time champions Vietnam 3-1 in the semifinals in Chonburi, Thailand, today.
The squad, under the guidance of head coach P Maniam, were down a goal early after Pham Van Phong scored in the ninth minute.
But Maniam’s charges were not discouraged, mounting a comeback to score three goals for victory.
Malaysia’s recovery started in the 14th minute via a goal from striker Muhammad Nabil Qayyum.
He then put Malaysia ahead in the 49th minute by completing his brace.
Muhammad Aliff Izwan completed the scoring for Malaysia in the 78th minute.
‘Credit must be given to the players who gave 200% to realise the mission to advance to the final. Although we let in an early goal, the players showed discipline to rise to the occasion and control the game, especially in the second half.
“I hope this momentum and spirit can be maintained in the final,” said Maniam after the match.
Malaysia will face Thailand in the final on Friday after defeating Indonesia 2-0 in their semifinal clash.
Malaysia won the 2013 edition in Myanmar by defeating Indonesia 3-2 in a penalty shootout after the scores were tied 1-1 after extra-time.