Malaysia’s young defender wants to quickly get over his dismissal against Thailand and start focusing on the team's future assignments
National team defender Fadhli Shas wants to forget about what happened to him in the AFF Suzuki Cup second leg semifinal against Thailand on Thursday and move on.
Fadhli was a victim of a contentious decision by referee Lee Min Hu from South Korea in that game, when he picked up a second yellow card in the 42nd minute for reacting angrily to Datsakorn Thonglao’s elbow.
His sending-off virtually killed any hopes Malaysia had to win the match as favourites Thailand scored two goals in the second-half to go through 3-1 on aggregate. They will meet Singapore in the final next week.
“I was crushed and couldn’t hold back my tears. I did not see it coming at all. It was such a bad decision. I’m confident we could’ve gotten the result we wanted if we had finished the match with 11 players, “Fadhli told Harian Metro.
“After the second yellow card, I just watched from the sidelines and hoped for the best. Unfortunately we couldn’t get the desired result although my teammates gave their all for the remainder of the match.”
The 21-year-old, who was also part of the victorious 2010 squad, has now set his sights on doing well in the next two big assignments awaiting the Malaysian national football team.
“I don’t want to think about the Suzuki Cup anymore. I want to focus on the Asian Cup qualifiers and the SEA Games next year.”