There's no love lost in this friendly with the Golden Star looking to avenge their defeat against the Malayan Tigers two years ago
The last time these two teams met, it ended in a 2-0 aggregate win for the Malayan Tigers courtesy of two goals from their chief goal-getter, Safee Sali in the triumphant AFF Suzuki Cup campaign back in the year 2010. Fast forward two years, Malaysia is currently ranked at 156 in the FIFA Rankings whilst Vietnam is ranked at 146.
Malaysia’s head coach, Datuk K. Rajagobal will definitely use this match as part of his team’s preparation for the upcoming AFF Suzuki Cup campaign. Aside from the familiar names, he has made notable call-ups to his squad including the return of ATM striker Zaquan Adha after a long hiatus from international football.
It will be interesting to see who will be entrusted to be the man between the sticks for the Malayan Tigers as national No. 1 custodian Khairul Fahmi is arguably going through a dip in form whilst his understudy, the in-form Farizal Marlias, has grown from strength to strength since his strong showing against Arsenal in July. This friendly match is also a great platform for Young Tigers players such as midfield hardman Gary Robbat and nippy Wan Zack Haikal to consolidate their places in the national senior team set-up.
Vietnam on the other hand have made changes to their coaching department with former national player Phan Thanh Hung taking over the reins as the national team head coach. Thanh Hung has since appointed former Leeds United defender and fitness specialist, Dylan Kerr as his assistant. The men to watch for the Golden Star will definitely be their hitman, Le Cong Vinh, who has an impressive tally of 30 goals from 51 caps and tricky winger, Nguyễn Vũ Phong.