Striker Syafiq says previous defeat a thing of the past

  • Football
  • Thursday, 10 Oct 2019

PETALING JAYA: In-form Syafiq Ahmad is oozing with confidence ahead of the 2022 World Cup-2023 Asian Cup Group G qualifying clash against Vietnam.

The 24-year-old striker said Malaysia’s past record against Vietnam, where the Harimau Malaya failed to overcome them in their last-three AFF Suzuki Cup encounters, is a thing of the past.

“I’m not sure what’s the difference between us and them since the Suzuki Cup last year but I believe both teams have improved tremendously, ” said the Johor Darul Ta’zim player.

“We are like a new team now and we are playing differently as well and results are beginning to favour us. I hope we can get a good match and return with a positive result.”

Syafiq is currently the team’s leading scorer this year with five goals in the last-three matches.

He scored a hattrick in the 6-0 friendly win over Sri Lanka last week and scored a goal in the 3-2 win over Indonesia on Sept 5 and in the 1-2 loss to the United Arab Emirates on Sept 10 in the Group G matches.

It’s a remarkable feat considering that he is returning from a knee injury picked up against Timor Leste on June 7.

“I believe there’s still plenty of room for me to improve and do as player in this team, ” said Syafiq.

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