'Must secure points,' urges Malaysian football observer ahead of decisive Kuwait clash

Harimau Muda must claw points from Kuwait clash

23 Apr 2024 01:37pm
The Harimau Muda's attacking line needs to be sharper to ensure they don't return empty-handed. Photo: FAM
The Harimau Muda's attacking line needs to be sharper to ensure they don't return empty-handed. Photo: FAM
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SHAH ALAM - Despite the challenges faced, the Harimau Muda squad is determined not to return empty-handed as they prepare to face Kuwait in the final match of Group D at the AFC Under-23 Asian Cup at the Al Janoub Stadium on Tuesday.

National football observer Datuk Richard Scully stressed the importance of maintaining high spirits and striving for a positive outcome in the upcoming match, acknowledging the disappointment of failing to score in the previous two matches.

"We cannot afford to come back without points.

"It's crucial that we secure a victory or at least one point against Kuwait," Scully told Sinar yesterday.

He emphasised the need for sharper attacking strategies to break the goal drought, expressing concerns about the team's performance in the attacking department.

The national squad's hopes to advance to the quarterfinals in the AFC Under-23 Asian Cup campaign were dashed after consecutive losses to Uzbekistan and Vietnam, ending their aspirations for the Paris Olympic Games.

Reflecting on the team's performance, Scully highlighted the importance of refining strategies and addressing minor errors for future tournaments.

"Overall, there are areas that require refinement.

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"Minor mistakes have impacted our performance, but with thorough preparation and evaluation by the coaching staff, I am confident we will perform better in upcoming tournaments," he added.