Wednesday , May 18 2022

Experienced Khairul preaches caution to Laos


Despite the difference between Malaysia and Laos, Khairul Fahmi wants to see the same high commitment from his team to the underdogs.

As one of only two members of the squad left from the cup-winning side of 2010, Khairul Fahmi Che Food knows what the AFF Suzuki Cup is all about and like the pitfalls as it may come in.

After embarking on Cambodia in the first game, Laos is the next opponent and despite winning only two matches throughout the history of the AFF championship, Khairul promises not to take them easy.

"We have to go into the match against Laos with confidence and not overconfident because we can not underestimate Laos. We have to go for three points because we play at home," Khairul said on Monday.

Fourth consecutive AFF championship, Khairul started as a goalkeeper for Malaysia and played from the first match. But those in front of him were a little different than before.

Against Cambodia, the backside four plus Khairul started their first match together under Tan Cheng Hoe. But Khairul already likes what he saw playing with Syahmi Safari, Aidil Zafuan, Shahrul Saad and Syazwan Andik.

"It was the first time we played together but separately we've played together before, like a group, it was not that difficult to build it. Because we are all close as a family, everything goes smoothly," he added.

On Wednesday, the team will travel to Hanoi to meet Vietnam, a team like Cheng Hoe and V. Sundramoorthy has said openly are the favorites of the tournament. Although he started with two comparatively easier games in Cambodia and Laos, Khairul brushed out the idea that the first two matches serve as part of the preparations for playing Vietnam.

"The preparations for the tournament ended against the Maldives. When the tournament started against Cambodia, it was. These two games are serious games for us and we do not take it to prepare for Vietnam," Khairul explained.

Laos was hammered by Vietnam 0-3 in his opening match and if Malaysia is going to open a three-point distance to Vietnam (which does not play in match day 2), the Malayan tigers will also strive to match or better target margins.

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