Any Malaysian who identifies with Malaysia will be watching the Malaysia-Singapore soccer match right now. It is not really about Malaysia trying to qualify for the next round of the 2014 World Cup. It is just Singapore.

The first leg was electric although the Malaysia defense was disappointing. The second leg so far is just disappointing, with the exception of the spectacular Khairul Fahmi Che Mat. I am at a loss at why he was not fielded down for the first leg.

The first half of the ongoing game can be summed up in 6 words: shitty offense, shitty defense but great goalkeeping. Like I said, Khairul Fahmi Che Mat is spectacularly marvelous. If this were Championship Manager, he could get a rating of 8 out of 10, with others between 4, 5 and 6.

I hope the second half is different. Malaysia needs at least 2 goals, given in the first leg, Singapore won 5-3. The only good news are that Malaysia has 45 more minutes, obviously, and is enjoying away-goal advantage. The team better make good use of that.

One Response to “[2404] So far, shitty offense, shitty defense but great goalkeeping”

  1. on 29 Jul 2011 at 12:09 Bobby

    Looks like yellow phobia even caught on to football.
    How could we wear away colors when we were at home?
    Actually your summary isn’t just for the 1st half, it’s for the Malaysian football.
    1. Our players aren’t fit. That was so obvious when we played the 3 EPL sides.
    2. Basic technical skills are glaringly missing. Keeping the ball, simple 1-2 passing, even positioning is totally out.
    All these combines into a glorified version of school football where 22 kids run around in a muddy field trying to get a touch of the ball.
    We’ve seen countries do well in the World Cup and the recent South American Cup which has populations smaller than us.
    This points to only 1 thing, our grassroots system is screwed up.

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