PETALING JAYA: The Harimau Muda boys are in a do-or-die mission in the Asian Champions Trophy (ACT) Under-16 football tournament.
It’s a three-horse race in Group A with Malaysia currently in second spot with 14 points. They cannot afford to drop points with third-placed Frenz United Indonesia breathing down their neck trailing by a point.
Leaders PVF Vietnam top the group with 19 points and are just a win away from clinching their ticket to the last four.
The task is made all the more difficult for Malaysia, who need to collect maximum points against Timor Leste in Gambang on Tuesday before facing the Vietnamese away (July 12) and at home (July 19).
Frenz Indonesia have an easier fixtures against the bottom sides – AIFF India today and winless Home United of Singapore on July 12 and 19.
National Under-16 coach S. Balachandran will again be banking on striker Kogileswaran Raj who had scored six goals to lead their challenge.
Meanwhile, Malaysia’s second team, Frenz United Malaysia, are on course to clinch their semi final berth with Group B leaders Chonburi FC of Thailand.
Frenz Malaysia have already won five games and are second in the group. They will be looking for another three points against winless Lao Toyota FC today. Their remaining fixture are against struggling Myanmar Academy on July 19.