KUALA LUMPUR (11 Aug 2018) – Malaysia carved out a 2-0 win over the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in a pre-Asian Games friendly at the Shah Alam Stadium on Friday but it was overshadowed by a free-for-all at the end of the match.
It is a disgrace to Asian football, with the Asian Games in Indonesia just around the corner.
Putting the ugly incident aside, Malaysian coach Datuk Ong Kim Swee must have seen plenty of “positives” in the team for the Asian Games. He has not named his team to the Asiad yet but the former international more or less knows who will be on his list.
“It is nice to see that we did not concede a goal. There were many positives but at the same time we can further improve on the loopholes and plug the shortcomings,” said Kim Swee.
Safawi Rasid scored the opening goal for Malaysia after missing his first attempt – with a delightful left-footed shot into the UAE right corner of the net.
Akhyar Rashid added the second on 64 minutes after outwitting three markers before drilling home a low shot. Malaysia 2-0.