Thursday, May 28, 2015

Malaysia can win Gold Medal despite drawn in 'Group of Death' - Hamidin

PETALING JAYA, May 27 (Bernama) -- National Under-23 squad coach Datuk Ong Kim Swee can repeat the success of four years ago by helping Malaysia to the gold medal at Singapore SEA GAMES

Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) general secretary Datuk Hamidin Mohamad Amin is confident in the ability of the young squad despite being drawn in a tough group.

"FAM's gold medal target is reasonable. Kim Swee's technical prowess can snare the gold medal, despite drawn in the 'group of death.'

"Playing against strong teams will make them more prepared and focused. Let the team make the semi-final first.

"With strong commitment, they can make the final," he said after handing over the Jalur Gemilang to the squad at Wisma FAM, Kelana Jaya here today.

Malaysia are drawn in Group B with SEA Games defending champions Thailand, strong contenders Vietnam while Laos, Brunei and Timor Leste make up the group.

"Malaysia won a surprise gold medal by beating hosts Indonesia in the 2011 SEA Games in Jakarta. However, they only managed to make the semi-final at the Myanmar SEA Games in 2013," said Hamidin.

Malaysia will open their campaign against Timor Leste (May 30) followed by Vietnam (June 2); Thailand (June 4), Brunei (June 8) and Laos (June 11).

All Group B matches will be played at Bishan Stadium.

Group A matches that involve hosts Singapore, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines and Cambodia will be played at Jalan Besar Stadium.

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