Monday, December 01, 2014

Safiq: Malaysia can go all the way to win the Cup


SINGAPORE: Midfielder Safiq Rahim is confident the national team can go all the way to win the AFF Suzuki Cup.

The Harimau Malaya finished second in Group B after a 3-1 win over defending champions Singapore at the National Stadium in Kallang on Saturday. They will face Group A champions Vietnam in the two-leg semi-finals in Kuala Lumpur on Dec 7 and Hanoi on Dec 11.

In 2010, Malaysia beat Vietnam on 2-0 aggregate in the semi-finals en route to winning their first-ever Suzuki Cup crown.
And Safiq believes Malaysia can achieve success again.

“We are playing against Vietnam in the semi-finals again and I’m confident that we can repeat our 2010 showing,” said Safiq who was the skipper when Malaysia triumphed in 2010.
On Saturday, the Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) player converted a spot-kick two minutes into the added time to give Malaysia the lead after Khairul Amri’s goal in the 82nd minute for Singapore cancelled Mohd Safee Sali’s opener in the 60th.

Veteran attacker Indra Putra Mahayuddin put the cherry on the cake for Malaysia with the third goal four minutes into the added time for the comprehensive win.

Malaysia ended their Group B campaign in second place with four points. Thailand won the group with nine points. Singapore finished third with three points while Myanmar was last with a point.
The 27-year-old Safiq said Malaysia were deserving winners over Singapore.

“Everyone worked hard for the team. I hope this win will calm the fans’ feelings over the off-field incident,” said Safiq, referring to Safee being photographed smoking on Friday.
“We are playing for the pride of the nation and I hope the fans will keep on supporting us.”



by K. Rajan

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