Now, I’ve written two articles earlier, no three articles on Malaysian Football which has relation to KJ and his claim over success on the football pitch.(since KJ volunteered supporters and he himself claimed Malaysian rankings rise due to his tenurship as VP of FAM). Since, we have known that Malaysia’s AFF Suzuki Cup has ended, let us review and see how we fair. Shall we?
First game – against Laos, ranked 162 at the moment. We had a jittery start though we won against Laos (speaking of which, beaten by the Thais 6-0 and Vietnamese 4-0) with 3-0. All goals were scored in the second half, after Coach B Sathianathan made some substitution of Malaysian players. Safee scored two and Indra scored one. Good and quality goals for me. Well done lads! Note that, there is a comment congratulating KJ for Malaysia beating Laos in rembau.net approved when my queries on 30th November has not being answer, even not posted! Well, never mind, I’m not a beggar anyway, just trying to get some explaination. 🙂
Next match – winner of Pestabola Merdeka 2008 – Vietnam ranked 159 at the moment. Beaten by Thais 2-0 (and thrashed Laos 4-0!). We lost to them through penalty shoot out after a goaless draw during final Pestabola Merdeka. However, due to circus act by the goalkeeper (which I believe, under the new regime brought by KJ as he claimed, should not from Royal London of Circus), we lost 3-2. Well, they scored first, then we scored, they scored and we scored..and urm..they score again after that. Which makes me wonder, who are better in rankings? They or us? Who should be chasing who? Anyway, Coach B Sathianathan has every right to feel aggrieved. Twice we chased from behind, yet, we lost.
And due to that, 2nd Keeper was given his chance for match against Thailand. Well, we did hope his trial of 10 days for Darlington FC can provide us something, but yet, we were left humbled by the Thais. Seriously, by his statement in media when there’s a possiblity for him to play, I do hope miracle would happen for Malaysia. Yet, we lost 3-0. Thais have 7 shots on target with 6 out of target. As for Malaysians – 11 out of target and only 1 on target. 2 yellow cards for Thais and 4 for Malaysians. What does this shows us?
KJ (FAM and the Malaysian players) have not proved to us on real positive changes. As highlighted by rembau.net, KJ is held responsible by DYMM Sultan Pahang to take care of the team. He had claimed Malaysia improved under his tenure (which once again I reiterate, the facts contradicted). As I mentioned earlier and in Jebat’s blog discussing on KJ’s success on the field, we rise due to we went into the finals beating weaker teams. Now, with Malaysia’s AFF campaign has ended, beating Laos (ranked 162) and lose to Vietnam (ranked 159) and Thailand (ranked 118), certainly Malaysia rankings will go somewhere else. Only that, if we go down, should only the Malaysian team to be blamed, not the manager too? Try to be fair, whenever Malaysia win, KJ get the praise, but when we lose, Malaysian team get the whacking.
(For such results of AFF Suzuki Cup, you can browse the official website : http://www.affsuzukicup.com/tournament/fixtures.asp. There, you can even have virtual image on how goals are scored.)
We are still not performing against big boys of ASEAN. Come on, we were level against the South Korean and Japanese once. Now, we only can beat little kids of Football. To such who claimed Malaysia rise due to KJ, again, I ask this, do we deserve to consider a success when we can only beat weaker teams?
Words on the street – Can’t wait to see new Malaysian rankings to be announced!