INCHEON – The National sepaktakraw team’s dismal performance in the Incheon Asian Games continued when the national Regu lost 0-2 to Thailand in the semifinals at the Bucheon Gymnasium, here today.
The national Regu led by Mohd Zamree Mohd Dahan/Ahmad Aizat Mohd Nor/Mohd Syazreenqamar Salehan could hardly put up a fight against the might of the Thais and lost 21-9, 21-8.
The Thai trio – Kaokew Pornchai/Khamchan Sittipong/Yupadee Pattarapong – were simply superior in every department to inflict an embarrassing defeat on the Malaysians.
Malaysia have yet to win a gold medal since the 1994 Asian Games in Hiroshima, Japan.
National coach Jamaluddin Hassan (pic, left) when conceding defeat said Thailand were superior in various aspects.
“We still at the old level in terms of service, ball control and feeding. This gives Thailand opportunities to win points easily. However, I do not want to blame the players because they lack experience,” he said.
Following the loss, Jamaluddin, 60, announced that he would not offer his services after his contract expires at the end of the month.
“It is about time for me to retire as coach…I did not make the decision because I am disappointed with the result but due to the age factor. Let the younger ones take over,” he said after watching his charges lose 0-2 to Thailand.
The Johor-born coach said he may decide to continue his services in the state to groom players at the grassroots level. – Bernama