The Malayan Tigers will have all to play for when they take on their long-time nemesis, as only a win can guarantee them a spot in the semi-finals
Mahalli - Aidil - Fadhli - Zubir
Azamuddin - Safiq - Shakir - Wan Zack
Norshahrul - Safee
Maitimo - Fachrudin - Handi - Novan
Elie - Vendry - Irfan - Taufiq - Okto
Hosts and title holders Malaysia will take on traditional rivals Indonesia at the Bukit Jalil Stadium today, safe in the knowledge that any result other than a win could see them kiss goodbye to the cup they won two years ago.
Khyril Muhymeen Zambri is a major doubt for the home nation while winger S.Kunanlan has been ruled out with a thigh injury.
Coach Datuk K.Rajagopal and young Wan Zack Haikal Wan Noor reflected the mood in the Malaysian camp with their statements before the match.
“I'm only thinking about winning. At the end of the day, our performance will do the talking. But I'm very optimistic,” said Rajagopal while Wan Zack stressed, “We have to beat Indonesia, there is no other way.”
Their opponents Indonesia will be deprived of Wahyu Wijiastanto’s services for this match. The tall defender is suspended after picking up his second yellow card of the tournament against Singapore.
The Garudas will however be welcoming Endra Prasetya, Handi Ramdhan and Tonnie Cusell back into the team tonight following suspensions and injuries.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Malaysia beat today's opponents 4-2 over two legs in the 2010 AFFSC final.
- Safee Sali scored three of the four goals.
Ironically, his performance in that final won him a transfer to Pelita Jaya - an Indonesian club.
- This is only the second time Indonesia meet Malaysia in the AFF Cup group phase since 1996.
Bambang Pamungkas and Elie Aiboy once played for Malaysian club Selangor and led them to lots of success.
- Total spectators in the two-legged final of 2010 reached 170,200 - the highest in the history of the tournament.
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