Malaysia faces Singapore in SEA Games grudge match


File photo - Malaysia's Ashri Chuchu dribbles the ball past Brunei players during their SEA Games match which Malaysia won 2-0.

File photo - Malaysia's Ashri Chuchu dribbles the ball past Brunei players during their SEA Games match which Malaysia won 2-0.

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s under-23 men’s team will face Singapore in a pivotal SEA Games Group A match on Wednesday night, with victory for Harimau Malaya guaranteeing a spot in the semi-finals.

The grudge match kicks off 8.45pm at the Shah Alam stadium and has been dubbed the “Causeway Derby”.

Both teams will look to improve on their below-par performances during the opening matches on Aug 14. 

Malaysia, coached by Ong Kim See, had narrowly edged out Brunei 2-1 while Singapore lost 2-0 to Myanmar on Monday night .

The stakes will be higher this time for Singapore and their coach Richard Tardy, who need to come away with three points or risk facing an uphill battle to progress beyond the group stages.

Laos joins Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, and Myanmar in Group A while Group B consists of Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, and Timor-Leste.

The top two teams from each group will qualify for the semi-finals to be played on Aug 26.

Malaysia last won the gold medal in the 2011 Jakarta SEA Games, while Thailand are the defending champions.