|MAN OF THE MATCH
Malaysia U23 3-0 Thailand Selection
It was arguably one of the best performances we've seen from Ong Kim Swee's men in recent times, and it was even more impressive when you consider the fact that the likes of Nazmi Faiz, Junior Eldstal and Wan Zack Haikal did not feature.
Although the entire squad impressed on a general scale, there was one player who stood out impeccably. Rozaimi Rahman produced a performance that reminded Malaysians on why he is so highly rated across Southeast Asia, with BEC Tero Sasana even showing interest in him at one point.
The Sabah-born lad oozed with class last night, and while he was guilty of missing several key chances, Rozaimi has now given Ong Kim Swee an extra headache for the SEA Games squad selection.
Rozaimi's first goal depicted terrific positioning. His positional ability made things much easier for Sivanesan on the right flank, who pretty much just threaded it through for the 22-year-old, who then went on to fire home. And this positional ability was consistently exhibited throughout the game as well; opening the Thai defence on a plethora of occasions.
But perhaps the highlight of his performance came late in the game, as Rozaimi slalomed past several Thai defenders, before unleashing a piledriver from outside the box, which sailed into the net. It was a combination of great confidence, terrific technical ability and most importantly an eye for goal. And as he celebrated the goal, one thing became obvious; Malaysia now has a classy forward in the making.
The Young Tigers will be taking on Myanmar in the final this weekend, and expect Rozaimi to feature. But on a bigger scale, expect Rozaimi to continue developing and become the focal point of Malaysia's attack one day.