KUALA LUMPUR: Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif have raised questions on their ability to carry the challenge as the second doubles pair in the Malaysian team for the Thomas Cup Finals.
They were beaten by the back-up squad’s Tan Wee Kiong-Mak Hee Chun in a simulation exercise at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara here yesterday. But chief doubles coach Rexy Mainaky said that there was nothing to worry about over in their 21-18, 15-21, 17-21 defeat.
For Rexy, it was more important to read into their confidence and level of performance.
“They are playing their normal game and it was a good fight against their younger opponents when they increased their pace,” he said.
“If Fairuz-Zakry were up against Fu Haifeng-Cai Yun (now the Chinese second ranked pair), I think they would have won the match for Malaysia.
“Hee Chun-Wee Kiong played without any pressure and they proved they are worthy candidates to be considered for the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games if they continue with this form.
“What’s more important is how we keep to build up their confidence heading into the start of the Thomas Cup competition on May 9 when we play against Nigeria. It was important for Fairuz-Zakry to play against Hee Chun-Wee Kiong as they will probably face younger pairs in the Finals.”
Otherwise, it was smooth-sailing for the Thomas Cup squad as the cruised through their respective matches.
About 200 fans turned up to watch the simulation tie. They played their part in cheering the shuttlers and Rexy was pleased with the way it turned out.
“We had a simulation tie too at Gym Two in Bukit Jalil for the last Thomas Cup two years ago and the atmosphere was quiet with only the coaches and media people showing up. I’m happy that there were people watching them play this time,” he said.
The team will switch their training base to the tournament venue at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil from May 5.