KUALA LUMPUR: Bittersweet!
That would best describe national midfielder Brendan Gan’s predicament in the 2022 World Cup/2023 Asian Cup qualifiers campaign.
The Sydney-born is suspended for the game against UAE in March after picking up his second yellow card of the competition last night against Indonesia.
He picked up his first against Thailand last week.
However, Brendan believes coach Tan Cheng Hoe will have capable replacements for the return game in Dubai. Malaysia lost the first game 2-1 in September.
“I’m disappointed because I really wanted to play in the important game,” the Perak man told reporters after Malaysia beat Indonesia 2-0 at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
“This is a great team with great depth and I have no worries about who takes my place.”
Commenting on the match, Brendan praised his teammates, whom he said were determined to get three points in front of the 75,434 fans.
He also revealed victory did not come easy as their opponents gave the squad a run for their money.
Safawi Rasid was the star of the show against the Garuda, firing a goal in each half.
“We have nine points (out of five matches) and are sitting nicely (in second place) in the (Group G) table at the moment and hopefully next year we can improve,” added Brendan.
“We must be positive with the quality we have, we are not a small team anymore.
“We are growing and getting better under coach Cheng Hoe and the players have started to believe that.
“When you have that belief, that’s when you can push forward and become a big team.”