Monday, December 01, 2014

Dollah wants a bit of R&R before meeting Vietnam in the semis

SEPANG: Savour the moment for now.

National coach Dollah Salleh wants his men to take a well-deserved break after having silenced the critics by qualifying for the AFF Suzuki Cup semi-finals.

Dollah said there was plenty of work to be done ahead of the two-leg semi-finals against Vietnam.
The first leg is in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday while the second leg is in Hanoi on Dec 11.

“Please don’t ask me anything on Vietnam. Let me and the boys take a short break first before we resume training on Tuesday,” said Dollah, who arrived at KLIA on Sunday.

Malaysia pipped defending champions Singapore for the last-four slot after a dramatic 3-1 win in the final Group B match at the National Stadium in Singapore on Saturday.

“We won the match in the 90th minute of play. Until then, we were starring at an early exit. Credit to the boys for fighting till the end,” said Dollah.

Mohd Safee Sali gave Malaysia the lead at the hour mark before Khairul Amri equalised for the Lions in the 82nd minute. Then, Safiq Rahim converted a penalty in the final minute of play before Indra Putra Mahayuddin put the game beyond doubt two minutes into stoppage time.

FA of Malaysia (FAM) secretary general Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin said they will decide in a few days time on the venue for the first leg of the semi-finals on Sunday.

He added that National Under-23 coach Datuk Ong Kim Swee was sent to Hanoi on Friday to watch the final Group A match between Vietnam and the Philippines, which Vietnam won 3-1.

“We will leave no stone unturned in our bid to get the best possible result against Vietnam,” said Hamidin

by Eric Samuel - The Star

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