BY ZULHILMI ZAINAL Follow on Twitter
Following Malaysia U22's 3-1 win against Laos U22 in their final Group A match on Wednesday, their fourth win out of all four group matches, defender Adam Nor Azlin has remarked that he is glad to have banished the embarrassment of the 2015 edition.
Hosts Malaysia stormed to the semis after the wins, which included a 2-1 win against rivals Singapore, and a 3-1 victory over Myanmar.
But in the previous edition, hosted by Singapore in 2015, the Young Tigers meekly exited the competition at the group stage, after an forgettable campaign.
The Selangor player told the press after the match that he is glad with the performance shown by the side, and that their performance in this edition has buried their poor turnout and a mistake that he himself committed in 2015. He however declined to elaborate on the mistake when asked.
"I've been trying hard to maintain my performance in each match.
"Praise Allah that I, as well as my teammates, have performed to the best of our abilities and we have collected maximum points.
"The 2015 edition is a lesson for me, due to a mistake I made then. In this edition, I want to avoid repeating that mistake as we're the hosts. I also want the team to keep focused in the semis.
"It's a single-legged tie, we have only one chance to do it right. If we lose in the match, that's it. We need to be at 100 per cent in the semis," he noted.