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Harimau Malaya skipper not worried about facing rivals Indonesia and Singapore in Suzuki Cup

Malaysian national football team captain Safiq Rahim remains convinced his side can win the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup again, two years after he led them to their maiden triumph.

Drawn to meet arch-rivals Indonesia and Singapore in the group stages, the Selangor midfielder insists Malaysia are good enough to see-off the challenge of both teams if they can play to the best of their abilities. Safiq acknowledged that both teams are strong in their own right but believes playing in front of home supporters can bring the best out of Datuk K.Rajagopal’s men.

“All the teams are equally matched and have the chance of progressing but we have the obligation of defending the title in front of our own fans,” Safiq was quoted as saying in local newspaper Harian Metro. “Each team has its strengths and weaknesses but the most important thing for us is to stick to the style we know best,” he added.

The Malaysian captain was firm in his belief that in order to be named champions, Malaysia have to be ready for any team put in front of them. “We can’t avoid big teams if we want to defend the title,” he concluded.

Malaysia will open their campaign against Singapore on 25 November before taking on a team from the qualifying rounds on the 28th. They will then wrap their fixtures up against Indonesia on the 1st of December.