Syria v Malaysia

UPDATE 9.15pm: Syria 3 Malaysia 0


It is the final Group match of the Olympic qualifiers (kick off 7.00pm Malaysian time).

Syria may have internal unrest in its country forcing them to host the Malaysians in Jordan but look set of nailing another three points and threatening leaders Japan.

For the Malaysians, it is all about an opportunity to play with a rather formidable Middle Eastern team. Bluntly put, the match has no significance for the Malaysians as we sit at the bottom of the Group with no points.

On one hand, one can credit Ong Kim Swee's lads for reaching this far in the tournament. They also produced a gritty performance against some of the best teams in the region.

On the other hand, do we celebrate mediocrity for we know our boys can perform better?

The Star's Eric Samuel took a direct swipe by saying Malaysian football cannot make it at Asian level. NST's Ajitpal Singh wrote Malaysia is playing for pride.

Meanwhile, Mahali Jasuli regrets he is not with the team as seen in today's Mailsport.

HD says: Oh well...


  1. HD, lambat komen pasal ranking Malaysia. Untuk pengetahuan pada bulan April, ranking Malaysia di jangka akan berada di belakang Philippines. Ini disebabkan Philippines sudah mencatat 2 kemenangan di AFC Challenge Cup 2012 di Nepal sekarang dan sudah layak ke semi final. FIFA sudah mengubah kiraan Challenge Cup ke tahap yang lebih tinggi dari perlawanan persahabatan ke perlawanan kelayakan benua. Ranking Malaysia juga akan terus jatuh ke sekitar 155.


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