SEPANG – The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) believes Harimau Malaya are capable of lifting the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup in their match against Thailand on Dec 17 and 20.
FAM secretary-general, Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin said Harimau Malaya should win in the final against Thailand if they want to be remembered by the country’s football fans.
“We have to win as there is no other choice, we need to win as the people will remember us if we win the cup but the people will not remember if we lose.
“I hope Harimau Malaya will not miss the opportunity to win this time. I have stressed to the players, that our struggle is not up to here only. Take advantage of the homeground in Kuala Lumpur to win the AFF Cup,” he said upon arriving at KL International Airport (KLIA) here yesterday.
Commenting on whether the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil or the Shah Alam Stadium will be chosen as the venue for AFF Suzuki Cup, Hamidin said the decision would be made tomorrrow after he has visited the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
Hamidin said FAM has informed Stadium Malaysia Corporation on his visit today to ensure the condition of the pitch at the Bukit Jalil stadium is suitable for the final against Thailand.
Tickets for the final on Dec 20 will go on sale at RM10 and RM50 at the compound of the stadium selected as the venue for the AFF Cup final.
In another development, Hamidin said he had sent a letter as a gesture of appreciation to the authorities in Vietnam for ensuring the second leg semi-final between Malaysia and Vietnam proceeded smoothly.
Malaysia defeated Vietnam 4-2 at My Dinh Stadium in Hanoi, and qualified for the final against Thailand with a 5-4 aggregate win.
“Even though Vietnam lost to Malaysia last night, their supporters did not create any commotion and were sporting…did not relatiate against the incident which happened to their supporters in Shah Alam the other day.
“Vietnamese supporters went home after the match ended and there were no incidents of violence from the start to the end of the match,” he said. – Bernama