PETALING JAYA: Veteran striker Norshahrul Idlan Talaha’s goals might have dried up but he is far from worried.
The 33-year-old will again lead the Harimau Malaya attack when they take on Vietnam in their 2022 World Cup-2023 Asian Cup Group G qualifying match at the My Dinh Stadium in Hanoi today.
Norshahrul, who have only scored two international goals this year, said his focus is to help the team and not search for personal glory.
“Who scores is not important. What’s important is that we play together as a team and return home with a positive result, ” said Norshahrul, who have 14 goals from 77 appearances for the country.
“If the coach selects me to start, I’ll give my all as always. And I also expect my teammates to give their 100% to the cause. We are physically and mentally ready for Vietnam.”
He added that the fluid combination between Safawi Rasid, Syafiq Ahmad, Mohamadou Sumareh and Mohd Akhyar Rashid will be key against the hosts.
During the second leg of the 2014 AFF Cup semi-finals, Norshahrul scored in Malaysia’s 4-2 win over Vietnam.
And that was the only victory over them in their last 10 encounters which included two draws.
Norshahrul said he would be more than happy to provide the assist for his teammates to score and repeat their 2014 success.
“Like I said, it doesn’t matter who scores. We just want a win and with the present bunch of players, I’m optimistic we can.”
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