Football

Published: Friday December 6, 2013 MYT 9:08:00 PM
Updated: Friday December 6, 2013 MYT 9:15:11 PM

Striker Thamil loves the hostile environment

"Striker A. Thamil Arasu believes Malaysia can retain the SEA Games gold medal in Myanmar although it will be tough with the hostile atmosphere the team expects to face. - Filepic

"Striker A. Thamil Arasu believes Malaysia can retain the SEA Games gold medal in Myanmar although it will be tough with the hostile atmosphere the team expects to face. - Filepic

PETALING JAYA: Striker A. Thamil Arasu is game on playing in any position and believes that Malaysia are ready to defend the gold medal in the SEA Games in Myanmar.

“I’m ready to play anywhere the coach wants me to as I know I will be comfortable. I’ve been training hard the last two years and I’m looking at improving even more,” said Thamil.

The 22-year-old Banting-born footballer started his career at an early age and was roped into the Harimau Muda Project squad when he was 17.

He has shown maturity in his game and, after five years, has decided to part ways with the Harimau Muda squad to chart his fortunes in the Super League with Selangor next season.

Thamil said that his immediate task is the SEA Games. Malaysia are grouped with Vietnam, Singapore, Brunei and Laos in Group A while hosts Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia and Timor Leste are in Group B.

“It’s very important for us to secure points early on and to take it one game at a time,” he said.

Malaysia can certainly expect a tough time trying to defend the football gold medal as Myanmar are bound to do all they can to snatch it away.

The Malaysian team can also expect a hostile environment, something which Thamil is ready for.

“I understand that Myanmar will be going all out to win this time around, especially since it will be on their homeground. Their supporters will certainly be hostile but I always take jeers as motivation. I feed off their energy and sometimes treat them like they are supporting me and my team-mates,” said Thamil.

“I wish to one day play for clubs overseas and at the highest level possible. I know that it will help me to improve,” said Thamil, who credits his father, A. Ambumamee, for encouraging him to be the best he can in the game.

Tags / Keywords: SEA Games, Nyapidaw, Naypyitaw, Myanmar, football

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