The Malaysian head coach has urged all fans to not lose all hope after the 0-1 defeat to Bahrain, claiming that hope is still there for them to qualify for the Asian CupMalaysian national team head coach Datuk K. Rajagopal believes that his men still have a fair chance of making the dream of qualifying for the Asian Cup materialize, ahead of their cruching clash against Qatar on Tuesday.
Their Asian Cup dreams took a massive dent last weekend, when they lost to Bahrain by one goal in Manama. The defeat was frustrating for a lot of Malaysian fans, but King Raja has urged everyone to remain positive, claiming that there is still a chance for them to make it for the Asian Cup.
"“We have to remain positive as we still have two more matches to do well. We have to take things positively and do our best with the chances we still have,” Rajagopal said after the game in Bahrain.
“We have nothing to be ashamed of in this loss ... we showed a lot of energy. Defensively, we did well in the first half and we did not give Bahrain any opportunities close on goal.“In the second half, we responded and played better. We had some chances but unfortunately we didn’t score and we gave away a goal due to a lapse in concentration,” he added.
Bahrain have already booked their spot for the Asian Games, while Qatar, who are currently on 9 points and occupy second spot in Group D, will be aiming to secure a win against Malaysia this Tuesday and book their spot as well. That makes the clash even more interesting, with Malaysia now needing a win against them as well as in the final game against Yemen, to keep their hopes alive.
As for their chances of qualifying as the best third placed team, Malaysia are currently behind Lebanon and Syria in that race. Lebanon are leading the pack with five points in Group B, while Syria and Malaysia are on equal points, though the Syrians are ahead by virtue of goal difference.