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Friday September 13, 2013 MYT 4:59:00 PM
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by k. rajan
Mohd Izham Tarmizi: 'We are now ready to win in front of our home crowd.'
KUANTAN: National Under-23 goalkeeper Mohd Izham Tarmizi admits he had a jittery start in the Merdeka Tournament but reckons he’s ready for the final against Myanmar at the Darul Makmur Stadium on Saturday night (8.45pm).
The 22-year-old Terengganu local started his campaign on a water-logged pitch last week against Singapore and had a tough time on the wet and slippery field but still came up tops with a clean sheet in the 1-0 win.
Izham however was unlucky to concede against Myanmar on Monday after Mohd Zubir Azmi scored an unfortunate own goal but Ong Kim Swee’s men mounted a comeback to win the match 2-1.
The goalkeeper bounced back with a commanding display in the final group match when he kept a clean sheet in the 3-0 win over Thailand on Wednesday.
Izham pointed out that it has been some time since centreback Nik Shahrul Azim Abdul Halim, leftback Zubir and rightback K. Reuben played for the team.
The Marang native said communication with his defenders was not at its best during the Singapore match but it has improved over time as they played more matches together.
“I may be a bit nervous because it has been some time since I played in a final and it’s something all footballers face,” said Izham who stands at 1.76m tall.
“I have grown in leaps and bounds in confidence. I believe the other players have too, after our winning run in the group stage. We are now ready to win in front of our home crowd.”
Izham added that they played a very offensive game with a high defensive line against Myanmar on Wednesday and they might change their tactics in the final.
“I was basically a sweeper for the team on Wednesday, the pitch was dry and it gave me more time to hold the ball before I picked my passes,” he added.
“However, the final is a different game and Myanmar will be out for revenge for their earlier defeat.”
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