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Final warm-up for Asyraaf’s charges


9th August, 2017


KOTA KINABALU: The SEA Games-bound national women’s football team will be seeking a morale boosting win when they take on Singapore in their final warm-up match at the UiTM Stadium in Shah Alam tonight.

National head coach Mohd Asyraaf Fong Abdullah said he will parade his strongest squad in the International A friendly tie, which is scheduled to kick off at 8.45pm.

Asyraaf said it is important for them to get a positive outcome in the tie as it could help lift confidence and spirit in the team ahead of their SEA Games opener against the Philippines on August 15.

“This will be our final warm-up match before the real battle, when the SEA Games begin,” said Asyraaf yesterday. “I will parade my best possible line-up for the clash, and I intend to make changes after the break and will bring in six fresh legs,” said Asyraaf, while hinting that he will opt for an offensive tactical game.

“We want to win the tie to help us lift the morale and spirit in the team ahead of the SEA Games,” he added. According to him, they have done the best they could in rectifying weaknesses in the team during their training.

“I hope the players will be able to translate what they have learnt in training in the game tomorrow night,” he said. “Among our weaknesses are our defensive play, and I have focused and emphasised on a more effective way when we attack.

“I also hope that the players will be more confident in the game, and prove their worth and capabilities against Singapore,” he added.

He also revealed his probable line-up by naming Nurul Azurin, Malini Nordin, Uslizah Usman, Eslilah Esar, Masturah Majid, Nurathirah Mamat, Haindee Mosroh, Dadree Rofinus, Shereilynn Elly Pius, Nurhaniza Saarani, and JI Fedalliah Claritta Jaimin in the first team.

Malaysia, who are currently ranked 80 in the FIFA Ranking list, have set a bronze medal target in the Games, and will face higher ranking opponents namely Thailand (29), Vietnam (32), Myanmar (45) and the Philippines (71).

In the SEA Games, after the date with the Philippines, they will face Myanmar (Aug 17), and Thailand (Aug 20) before concluding their group challenge against Vietnam on Aug 24.

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