The LionsXII captain was distraught with his error that led to Kelantan scoring the winner in added time in their recent Malaysia Super League encounter, but he vows to bounce backTo say that Isa Halim is going through a rough time might be an understatement.
The LionsXII captain has come under fire after his schoolboy error led to Kelantan FA’s Francis Forkey Doe scoring the winner in stoppage time at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Saturday evening.
The home team dominated throughout the match and were rewarded for their bright start when Khairul Amri gave them the lead in the 25th minute. However, two moments of calamitous defending in the second half cost them all three points as Fakri Saarani and Doe sealed a 2-1 win for the visitors.
Isa made no excuse for his role in conceding the second goal after his appeal for offside fell on deaf ears as Doe ran clear.
“It’s my mistake that cost the team the points,” he said after the match.
“As one of the senior players and the captain of the team, I should really play to the whistle; that’s the basic rule. I take the blame and I need to bounce back to regain my place.
“In football, it’s always like that. Sometimes you play well and you do one mistake, and it will cost the team. That happened today. We cannot blame each other, [we must] just blame ourselves.”
Isa went as far as saying that the error is the "lowest point" of his career, but he is determined to bounce back.
“For me personally, it’s the lowest point of my career when I saw that the mistake that I made cost the team,” he said.
“It’s really sad to see the efforts that the team put in and we played really well, dominated the game, and lost. No words can describe the team’s feelings right now. And especially for me, I need to be strong mentally to bounce back.
“It’s not easy for the boys to play after Oman and come back to play this 90 minutes. The effort that they put in is tremendous. For me to be the captain to let them down is not easy to take in.
“I have to bounce back not only for me but for the team.”
The defeat leaves the LionsXII in seventh position with eight points after six games.