BY ZULHILMI ZAINAL Follow on Twitter
Malaysia U22 team manager Datuk Yusoff Mahadi told the press that he wants the team to qualify for the 2018 U23 AFC Championship, when they compete in the qualification stage for the competition next month.
Although the Young Tigers lost 5-1 to Melaka United in a friendly match on Thursday, Yusoff said that they are a good team that have developed their chemistry.
"Malaysia U22 are a good side, we can see that they have the chemistry and spirit.
"But their fatigue led to them losing (against Melaka United), while in the first half they dominated the game and played in an organised manner.
"Fatigue set in and Melaka took the advantage later in the game.
"However, judging by the previous matches they have the potential to shine in the AFC qualifiers and do even better in the SEA Games," explained Yusoff, who is also Melaka United vice president and team manager, and Malaysian FA (FAM) deputy president.
When asked by the press, Yusoff said that the team's target in the qualifiers is to make it to the championship itself.
"We have to go as far as possible in the qualification stage and we hope to earn automatic qualification.
"While for the SEA Games (in July in Kuala Lumpur), we want to reach the final," he said.
Malaysia have been drawn in Group H in the qualifiers, alongside Thailand, Indonesia and Mongolia. Group H matches will take place in Bangkok from July 19 to 23.
Melaka United vs Malaysia U22 match highlights