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Published: Wednesday December 18, 2013 MYT 9:49:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday December 18, 2013 MYT 9:51:44 PM

Unsung hero Nasir wants to buck up

Mohd Nasir Basharuddin (right) in the match against Vietnam which Malaysia won 2-1.

Mohd Nasir Basharuddin (right) in the match against Vietnam which Malaysia won 2-1.

NAYPYITAW: National Under-23 midfielder Mohd Nasir Basharuddin is definitely the football team’s unsung hero, quietly going about his job in the SEA Games here.

The Perak player has been a valuable asset to the team, thanks to his versatility, high work rate and accurate long throws.

Even coach Datuk Ong Kim Swee was worried that the 23-year-old player would pick up his second booking in the 2-1 win over Vietnam on Tuesday.

Had he been booked, Nasir would have had to sit out today’s semi-final against Indonesian.

Luckily, he wasn’t and he is now all fired up to face the Indonesians.

Nasir, who play as a defensive midfielder, rightback or centreback, has enjoyed meteoric rise since being called up for the Merdeka Tournament in August.

The Taiping local was quick to thank Kim Swee for having faith in him.

“I need to thank the coach for picking me up. I try to play my best in every game to repay the faith he has shown to me,” said the affable player after training on Wednesday.

“We have a number of players from the last SEA Games with us and they’ve told me all about the match against Indonesia (in 2011) ... I’m excited to play one of our arch rivals in the region.”

Despite winning rave reviews from the media, fan and coaches for his performance, Nasir feels that he is still not performing at his optimum.

He is unhappy with his passing, saying “I need to cut down on making mistakes in my game”.

“I feel that my performance is still below par. I think that my passing has been a letdown. I really need to be more accurate with my passing,” said Nasir.

“Mistakes happen during matches and are unavoidable ... but I feel that I’m making too many mistakes. I really need to tone it down.”

It’s good that Nasir knows his weaknesses and is ready to own up to his mistakes. That will only make him a better player.

Tags / Keywords: football, Malaysia, Myanmar, Naypyitaw, Nyapidaw, SEA Games, Mohd Nasir Basharuddin

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