Malaysia’s U-18 football team are on a roll!
Under head coach Bojan Hodak, Malaysia trashed Cambodia 2-0 on Sunday to seal their fourth consecutive victory at the ASEAN U-18 Football Championship in Yangon.
It took Malaysia 22 minutes to break the deadlock in the Cambodia clash when Shafizi Iqmal Khirudin found the back of the net after a cross from Saiful Iskandar Adha Saiful Azlan.
However, it was Syafiq Danial Romzi who emerged the hero after he scored the winning goal in the 52nd minute.
“It was very hot today and the Cambodians certainly did not make things easy for us.” captain Syaiful Alias told reporters after the match.
The victory also helped Malaysia finish on top of Group A with 12 points – and subsequently book a spot in the semi-finals stage of the tournament.
However, Cambodia’s defender Chhoeung Visinu was not all pleased with Malaysia’s victory – he did not agree that Malaysia were a tough team to beat at all. He told reporters that Malaysia only won because Cambodia did not do enough to win the match.
“Malaysia were not a very good team,” said Cambodian defender Chhoeung Visinu. “We lost the game today because we did not do enough to win it.” he said.
Cambodia have only managed 1 point in the tournament thus far, the result of losing three matches and securing one draw.
Aside from Malaysia, Thailand have also enjoyed a solid and triumphant run at the AFF U-18 Championship, having garnered 12 points by winning all four matches played.
They advanced into the semi-finals after defeating Singapore 2-0.
“For us, we are just looking forward to the next match (against Thailand) and not even thinking of the semi-finals as yet.” captain Syaiful Alias said.