PETALING JAYA (12 Oct 2011) – The strike force will be an issue for Malaysia when they open their campaign in the AFF Women’s Championship 2011 in Vientiane, Laos next week.
This year’s AFF Women’s Championship is slated for 16-25 October 2011 with eight teams taking part
Jacob Joseph, the chief coach for Malaysia, said that the problem with the team is the frontline.
“The bottom line is that we do not have strikers. We do not have what you can call as quality strikers or the type able to finish the chances that come their way,” said Jacob.
“In the last several games that we played in Singapore and Thailand, it was the midfielders who have been scoring all the goals. But the positive thing is that we are improving from game to game.”
For the Laos meet, the Malaysian girls have been placed in Group B against Myanmar, Thailand and Philippines.
Group A are Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore and Laos.
They will open their campaign against Thailand.
Tan Sri Annuar Musa, the chairman of FA of Malaysia (FAM) Women’s Football Committee, added the AFF meet is a venue to gauge the level of the team.
“We put this team together in the last two months and while they are coming together well, I feel that the AFF meet is very important in showing our real standard, where we really stand,” added Tan Sri Anuuar.
“From there, we will review our effort and rectify the shortcomings for the future of the women’s game in Malaysia.”
AFF WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP 2011
GROUP A: Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore, Laos
GROUP B: Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Philippines