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Having been called up to the national team earlier, the defender capped a memorable day after scoring the match winner in the LionsXII's 1-0 win over ATM FA on Saturday night

LionsXII defender Madhu Mohana will have more than one reason to smile this weekend.

The 22-year-old celebrated his senior national team call-up in the best possible way after scoring his first-ever goal for the club against ATM FA in the first leg quarter-final of the Malaysia Cup.

Madhu’s goal proved the only difference of the game as the LionsXII beat ATM 1-0 at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Saturday night.

“It’s good that I got a goal, it boosts my confidence,” Madhu said after the game.

However, he was more pleased about the positive result for the team.

“We could’ve scored quite a bit more, but it’s a win still. At this stage we are still okay at 1-0, which is better than last year where we drew [ATM FA] 1-1. So it’s good.”

The game against ATM was Madhu’s third consecutive start of the tournament and according to LionsXII coach V. Sundramoorthy, it was a reward for his encouraging performances, especially in the recent Merdeka Tournament.

“Madhu came on strongly the past couple of weeks,” Sundram said.

“[During] the Merdeka tournament, he was the best player and now he’s scored a great goal.”

Madhu also agreed with Sundram, saying that the Merdeka Tournament was a good platform for him to get some playing time and to build his confidence. 

“I think the Merdeka Cup was a good opportunity for me to get to play,” Madhu explained.

“I had four games and I gained back my confidence because I haven’t been playing the whole season, and to get a chance to play at the Malaysia Cup is quite a big thing for me so I’m glad I got the opportunity.”

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