The Malaysian national football team returned from their European playing tour on Thursday night without managing to score a single goal in their three friendly matches there.
However, for Harimau Malaya’s chief striker Safee Sali, the experience and knowledge gained during their stay in Austria were more valuable than the results.
Safee who featured in two of the three games believes that there were many positives from the tour that he and his teammates can take into November’s AFF Suzuki Cup.
“We gained a lot of experience and exposure while playing there as we faced strong European clubs who play the game at a much higher pace compared to us,” Safee told Berita Harian.
“Personally though, I do feel disappointed for not finding the back of the net as we created plenty of chances in those three games,” Safee added.
The 28-year-old striker also said that the team can take confidence from achieving their main objectives, which were to improve the understanding between the players and try-out different combinations.
“Results-wise it might not be encouraging but we improved our understanding and overall game. Also, we kept the ball well against the physically bigger Europeans.”
During the tour, Malaysia lost to Hungarian club FC Gyirmot Gyor and Slovakian club Spartak Myjava by an identical 2-0 score, and played out a goal-less draw with another Hungarian opposition, Zalaegerszeg.