It's not impossible to tame Thailand - Aidil

Last update: 13/11/2019

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 13 -- It was not an impossible task for the Harimau Malaya squad to create success by defeating Southeast Asia’s second best team, Thailand, in the Group G of the 2022 World Cup / 2023 Asia Cup qualifier match.

However, the main key in realising the fans and supporters wish for the Tan Cheng Hoe's squad at the National Stadium Bukit Jalil tomorrow night would be - one heart.

This was acknowledged by the national squad defender, Mohamad Aidil Zafuan Abd Radzak, who was optimistic that Malaysia could gain valuable victory if players had a strong determination in hindering the visitor's domination.

"No matter who our opponent is, we will fight. We will not make it an easy passage for the Thais. What is more important tomorrow is how the players unite as a team.

"For me, in the world of football, there is no team that cannot be beaten...Liverpool can lose, so for me, it is possible (to beat Thailand)," he said at a pre-match press conference at the National Stadium Bukit Jalil, here today.

The Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) player acknowledged that Thailand was not an easy team to beat as they have top quality players under the guidance of the new Japanese coach Akhira Nishino and ranked 109th in the world.

But he remains confident with the national squad preparation and has studied the War Elephant squad gameplay in terms of their strengths and weaknesses which could benefit the Harimau Malaya players.

"The Thai team this time is different from the 2018 AFF Championship team. There are several new faces in their line up as well as having a new coach.

"We have studied their game and there are advantages and disadvantages for the team," he added.

Malaysia now accumulated three points and stood in fourth place in Group G, four points behind Thailand who topped the leaderboard with identical seven points with Vietnam.

Malaysia held a 3-2 victory over Indonesia in Jakarta before losing 1-2 to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at the National Stadium and lost 0-1 to Vietnam in Hanoi last month.

-- BERNAMA