Their Olympic dream dashed, Malaysia will be playing for redemption in the remaining qualifying round matches against Japan and Syria.
National Under-23 coach Ong Kim Swee Kim Swee wants his team to start by carving out a historic win over Asian number one Japan at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Wednesday.
That, he says, will make up for the disappointment of a failed crusade.
Malaysia have lost all four qualification matches in Group C — Japan (2-0), Syria (2-0) and Bahrain (2-3, 1-2). They wrap up their campaign against Syria on March 14.
Kim Swee has vowed that the team will play for pride despite having nothing to lose.
Japan are still vying for an automatic berth and need a win to consolidate their position at the top of the group. Only the top team will win an automatic ticket to the Olympics.
“It’s time for the team to redeem themselves.
“We are out of the reckoning but I want quality football from the players,” sid Kim Swee.
“We must give something back to the fans who have stood by us. I hope they will come to the stadium to support us against Japan.
“This is our chance to try a new approach as we prepare for the AFC Under-22 qualifiers. The match with Japan will provide us with some valuable insights.”
The national trainees
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