The Malaysian football team need to quickly forget their 3-2 win over Indonesia last night and should instead focus on gunning for a victory over the United Arab Emirates in their second Group G match of the 2022 World Cup / 2023 Asian Cup Qualifiers at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium on Tuesday.
Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) president Hamidin Mohd Amin said he was proud with the Harimau Malaya squad under Tan Cheng Hoe’s triumph in collecting three points at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta yesterday and asked all players not to get carried away with the conquest.
"Congratulations to all members of Harimau Malaya squad, from team manager Mohd Yusoff Mahadi, assistant manager Posa Majais, chief coach Tan (Cheng Hoe), coaches and officers as well as players who fought right to the end to achieve their mission.
“But we must not be too happy with the win as this is just the beginning. There are many challenges lying ahead if we want to qualify for the finals of the 2023 Asian Cup and 2022 World Cup,” he said in his latest FAM Facebook posting today.
The naturalised player from Gambia, Mohamadou Sumareh (photo), who featured as a substitute, became the toast of the national squad when he netted the winning goal during the second-half injury time.
Earlier, both teams were tied 2-2 with Brazilian-born Indonesian striker Alberto Goncalves scoring a brace for the Garuda, with the Malaysians hitting back through Sumareh and Syafiq Ahmad.
The victory saw Malaysia end a 15-year winless streak in Jakarta. Harimau Malaya’s previous victory at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium was a 2-1 victory over Indonesia in the 2004 Suzuki AFF Cup semi-final first leg.