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by shamshul fitri
An Iranian player (right) blocking Malaysia’s Kamal Alfiza Shafie’s attack during their International Sepak Takraw Federation Super Series match in Kota Kinabalu on Thursday. Malaysia won 15-8, 15-4.
PETALING JAYA: Malaysia notched up easy wins over Iran and India in Group A matches of the ISTAF SuperSeries sepak takraw tournament in Kota Kinabalu.
Tekong Noor Azman Abdul Hamid, who last appeared for the national team in the 2011 Indonesia SEA Games, combined with Mohd Syazreen Qamar Salehan and Mohd Hanafiah Dolah to beat Iran 15-8, 15-4 at the Likas Sports Complex on Thursday.
Against India, coach Jamaluddin Hassan fielded Fazil Mohd Asri as tekong and Kamal Alfiza Shafie as striker alongside Syazreen. The trio won 15-4, 15-12.
“I’m satisfied with our first match, but we gave away a lot of points in the second one due to Fazil’s inconsistent serve,” said Jamaluddin.
“We need to minimise the mistakes and avoid putting too much pressure on ourselves.”
He described their final group match against Indonesia on Saturday as crucial “because we need to win it to avoid meeting Thailand in the semi-finals”.
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