Let’s rally together for the causeway battle!
Singapore’s cerebral palsy football coach Mohammad Zainudeen is keeping his cards close to his chest as Singapore plots to clinch the bronze medal on Wednesday against Malaysia. Despite their 4-2 victory during the round robin match against Malaysia, Zainudeen said he still has some tricks up his sleeves for the match on Wednesday and that the victory has boosted the morale of the team. “This win is motivation for them, spirits are high,” said Zainudeen after Monday’s match.
Singapore started strongly and was dominant in possession with skipper Khairul Anwar looking calm at the back marshalling the defence. The defender, who is also the leading goal scorer for Singapore with five goals, continued his fine form with another long range goal to open the scoring for the home side.
But Monday’s match against Malaysia, which is also a preview of the bronze medal match on Wednesday, saw other players apart from Khairul get on the scoresheet for the first time.
After Malaysia’s Ariff scored an equaliser against the run of play, Singapore regrouped and answered with a barrage of goals in the second half. Muhammad Shahidil, in particular, was lively up front, scoring two and setting up another goal in the match. Capitalising on a goalmouth scramble, Shahidil’s ghosted in from the right to tap in his first goal of the competition to loud cheers as he celebrated, sliding on his knees towards the bench.
He later played creator for the next goal in the 41st minute when his tackle allowed Taufiq Baharin to pounce on the loose ball and extend Singapore’s lead. Shahidil later put the game beyond Malaysia’s reach with another poacher’s goal after Suhaimi Sudar’s long range shot was weakly parried by Malaysia’s keeper.
Both coaches then substituted in their bench players to give them playing time. Substitute Peter Kam made some crucial saves down the stretch but could not prevent Malaysia’s Sobri Ghazali from adding another consolation goal for Malaysia. “We know what the Malaysian captain can do so we are very well aware and we won’t stick to this seven (players, who started),” said Zainudeen after Monday’s match.
Looking at the number of goals this match has given spectators, there is no doubt that Wednesday’s bronze medal and causeway derby match will be one hell of a match. This will be the last chance for Singaporeans to watch the CP footballers for this 2015 ASEAN Para Games. See you there!
Photos by : Yufeng
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