Keeper Khairul expects Laos striker Billy to be a handful


PETALING JAYA: National goalkeeper Khairul Fahmi Che Mat (pic) sees lanky striker Billy Ketkeophomphone as the most dangerous Laos player capable of spoiling Malaysia’s chances to claim full points from their second Group B clash in the AFF Suzuki Cup in Singapore.

The lanky Billy plays for French second division side USL Dunkerque and Khairul admitted the Malaysian defence needs to pay special attention to him.

Billy was born in France but is of Laotian descent and was given Laos citizenship last month, which allows him to feature in the Suzuki Cup campaign.

He was a constant threat on his debut for the Laos team in their 0-2 defeat to title holders Vietnam on Monday.

“We know what he is capable of, so all of us need to be wary as he is the main striker for Laos. Coach Tan Cheng Hoe has also informed us and after looking at the way Laos played, we will use whatever information we got to gain an advantage on the field.

“Our mission is to collect full points tomorrow. Personally, I hope to keep a clean sheet and hope my teammates can score,” said Khairul, who was the goalkeeper when Malaysia beat Cambodia 3-1 in their opening match on Monday.

“I let in one goal and I need to be more careful not to give away a penalty.

“It does affect me but what’s most important is that we got three points.”

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