NEW DELHI – Poland ended the Malaysian women’s Rio Olympics dream after they edged the Malaysian team 1-0 at the semi-final of the FIH World League Round 2 at the Major Dhyan National Stadium, here Saturday.
A costly mistake as early as the 3rd minute proved to be decisive for the match even though the Malaysian women displayed a much better game in the 3rd and 4th quarters.
For the record, the Polish goal was the only one conceded by Malaysia in the tournament. Earlier in their campaign, Malaysia had thrashed Kazakhstan 8-0, 3-0 against Russia, Singapore 5-0 and Ghana 2-0.
With the win, the Polish women are likely to accompany India who are facing another semi-final at the same venue.
During the first quarter of today’s game, the Malaysians looked very disorganised and hardly threatened the Polish defence.
Anis Nadia Onn squandered a one-to-one situation with only the Polish keeper to beat, 10 minutes before the end of the game.
National women’s team coach Mohd Nasihin Nubli Ibrahim said the Malaysian women had only themselves to blame for failing to convert several chances to score.
When asked for the immediate plan for the team, Mohd Nasihin said he had already identified several new players in the effort to rebuild the team.
“Our immediate target will be SEA Games in Singapore and followed by FIH World League in two years’ time,” said Mohd Nasihin.