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by k. rajan
Rozaimi Abdul Rahman is currently the Merdeka Tournament top goalscorer. He hopes coach Ong Kim Swee will field him in the final against Myanmar. – Bernama Photo
KUANTAN: The Darul Makmur Stadium here is becoming striker Rozaimi Abdul Rahman’s favourite Malaysian venue.
The 21-year-old has fond memories of scoring goals there in last year’s semi-final and final en route to helping Sabah bag their first-ever Sukma gold medal.
On Wednesday, the Sabahan struck again at the same stadium – bagging a brace to beat Thailand 3-0 in the Merdeka Tournament.
Earlier in the tournament, Rozaimi had actually admitted to getting good vibes at the stadium and had promised to score for Malaysia if he was picked to play.
The Buntong player had a cameo role in Malaysia’s first game against Singapore last week and was an unused sub against Myanmar on Monday.
However, Rozaimi got the break he needed after first choice striker A. Thamil Arasu was suspended for the Thailand match.
Rozaimi hopes that his brace will convince coach Ong Kim Swee to take a chance on him for the final against Myanmar at his favourite hunting ground tomorrow.
“I have said before that if the coach picks me, I’ll give my best – and I did exactly that by scoring twice,” said Rozaimi, who is the tournament’s top scorer with two goals.
“Frankly, I feel that I could have done better and scored more against the Thais. I’m not sure whether I’ve done enough to convince the coach to pick me for the final.
“There is strong competition in the team and my goals are definitely a major boost to my confidence.”
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