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Published: Wednesday December 11, 2013 MYT 4:51:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday December 11, 2013 MYT 4:53:06 PM

Don't compare me to Apex: Goalkeeper Izham

Mohd Izham Tarmizi: ' Apex is one the best goalkeepers in the region and I don’t think it’s fair to compare me to an established player.' – S.S. KANESAN / The Star

Mohd Izham Tarmizi: ' Apex is one the best goalkeepers in the region and I don’t think it’s fair to compare me to an established player.' – S.S. KANESAN / The Star

NAYPYITAW: National Under-23 goalkeeper Mohd Izham Tarmizi has brushed off the comparison with national No. 1 goalkeeper Khairul Fahmi Che Mat.

Khairul Fahmi fondly known as Apex was one of the stars of the national Under-23 team when they won the SEA Games gold medal back-to-back in Vientiane (2009) and Palembang (2011).

Izham was Apex’s understudy in Palembang and expectations are high for the Terengganu local to repeat his senior’s heroics in the biennial Games and win the gold medal for the third time in a row.

The 22-year-old was in top form – letting in only one goal in four matches en route to winning the Merdeka Tournament – in August.

Izham, who also managed to keep a clean sheet in the 2-0 win over Brunei in the SEA Games Group A opener on Tuesday, said there is no need to compare him to Apex.

“Apex is one the best goalkeepers in the region and I don’t think it’s fair to compare me to an established player,” said the Marang local who has signed for Johor Darul Takzim (JDT) next season.

“It’s a big task to fill Apex’s shoes but I’m confident that I can do it. I will not be eligible to play at the next SEA Games so I want to go out with a bang by helping the team retain the gold medal.”

Izham who foiled Brunei’s three clear cut chances in the 2-0 win on Tuesday said that they expected Brunei to be much more aggressive following their 7-0 whipping by Vietnam last Sunday.

“There was some miscommunication between me and the defenders during the match. However, I was confident of keeping a clean sheet against Brunei,” said Izham.

“Communication is one of the areas that I need to improve on before the next match ... there were lapses in concentration too. I believe we will be better in the next match.”

Tags / Keywords: football, SEA Games, Naypyitaw, Nyapidaw, Myanmar, Mohd Izham Tarmizi, Khairul Fahmi Che Mat, Malaysia

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