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Datuk Danyal Balagobal Abdullah, the Chef-de-Mission (CDM) for the Malaysian Contingent in Asian Games, is confident that Harimau Muda can at least advance to the quarter-finals in the tournament.
Despite being drawn in a tough group with host South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Laos, Danyal still believed that Datuk Ong Kim Swee’s men can do well.
According to Bernama, Danyal said “Let’s take our badminton team in Thomas Cup at New Delhi as the example. Even without the presence of our senior players, they did really well in the tournament. For me, nothing can stop them from winning the tournament.”
Danyal also backed the target set by the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) and the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM).
“This is anybody’s games. Our National U23 team is doing really well and what’s important is discipline. Koreans did well because of their discipline.
The Young Tigers will have two more friendlies, against Yemen on Sept 6 and China’s U23 squad on Sept 10 as part of their preparation for the tournament.
They will open their group match against the host, South Korea on Sept 14, before facing Laos and Saudi Arabia to complete the group’s fixtures.