Football

Published: Monday December 16, 2013 MYT 3:53:00 PM
Updated: Monday December 16, 2013 MYT 3:55:05 PM

Injured Thamil hopes to strike in Vietnam game

Striker Thamil Arasu (No.9) hopes to shake off a wrist injury and feature in Malaysia's last group stage match against Vietnam on Tuesday. - Filepic

Striker Thamil Arasu (No.9) hopes to shake off a wrist injury and feature in Malaysia's last group stage match against Vietnam on Tuesday. - Filepic

A. THAMIL Arasu was finally in his familiar role of striker in the SEA Games football competition – but it ended in disappointment as Malaysia were held to a 1-1 draw by Singapore on Sunday.

The national Under-23 forward was deployed on the right flank in Malaysia’s two opening matches – against Brunei (2-0) and Laos (4-1) – before being used as the target man in the Singapore match.

The Banting-born player came close to hitting the back of the net on several occasions before picking up a wrist injury and being substituted in the second half.

The 23-year-old now faces a race against time to recover for the team’s final Group A match against Vietnam at the Zeyar Thiri Stadium on Tuesday (5.30pm).

“I had a fall and one of the Singapore players stepped on my wrist during the match. I had to take a jab to numb the pain during the half-time break,” said Thamil.

“I was disappointed not to finish the match ... especially since I was finally playing as a striker. To make it worse, the injury might prevent me from playing against Vietnam.”

Thamil, who had always been the first choice target man for the team, has yet to break his duck in the competition along with lanky striker Izzaq Farris Ramlan.

The other two strikers in the team, Ahmad Hazwan Bakri and Mohd Rozaimi Abdul Rahman, have scored three and two goals respectively.

“I’m actually very angry at myself for not scoring. Although there is no pressure on me to score from the coach (Datuk Ong Kim Swee) or my team-mates, I really want to break my duck in the competition,” said Thamil.

Tags / Keywords: SEA Games, Naypyitaw, Myanmar, football, Thamil Arasu

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