INCHEON – Host South Korea inflicted shame on Malaysian sepaktakraw legacy and tradition by defeating the men’s Regu 2-1 in a Group B match at the Bucheon Gymnasium, here Monday.
The Malaysian Regu comprising Mohd Zamree Mohd Dahan, Mohd Syazreenqamar Salehan and Mohammad Syahir Mohd Rosdi lost 21-14, 16-21, 10-21 in three sets to a country where sepaktakraw was alien a few years ago.
If that was not embarrassing enough, Japan rubbed salt to Malaysia’s tainted pride by beating the women’s Regu of Nurrashidah Abdul Rashid, Noor Fairuz Azizan, Nor Farhana Ismail 17-21, 21-16, 21-12.
Head coach Jamaluddin Hassan admitted that the men’s Regu failed to display a good performance.
“We have to beat Brunei and India to earn a slot in the semifinals where we may face powerhouse Thailand,” he said.
Meanwhile, Malaysian women Regu skipper Noor Fairuz Azizan said they had hoped to beat Japan because South Korea and Thailand would be tougher opponents. – Bernama