KUALA LUMPUR – National rugby player, Muhammad Faridzal Ismail hopes the national squad to at least win the bronze medal at 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, starting on Sept 19.
The Merlimau polytechnic student admitted Malaysia would have a tough time to get win the top two spots with the presence of Asian rugby giants Japan and Hong Kong.
“Our hopes for a bronze medal are quite bright as we had played against Thailand, Iran and UAE in the Seven Aside Rugby Championships in Hong Kong recently,” he said at a media conference on the 2014 Polytechnic Open National 10 Aside Rugby Championships here, today.
Muhammad Faridzal said the players are at peak condition for the games even though the squad were criticised for their poor showing at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland, in July.
Malaysia suffered big losses to three leading teams, Samoa, Wales and Papua New Guinea in group C in the Commonwealth Games.
In the Asian Games, Malaysia have been drawn in group A with defending champions, Japan and Thailand.
Based on the games format, the top two teams from each of the four groups will qualify for the quarter-finals.
The national rugby squad will be leaving for Incheon on Sept 27.
The Malaysian squad was placed fifth in the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.
MEANWHILE, renowned rugby club, Cobra Black will be among 60 teams confirmed taking part in the 2014 Poly 10’s Rugby Tournament at Shah Alam Polytechnic this weekend.
Tournament secretary, Jasni Mohd Noor said apart from Cobra Black, the SMK Sandakan of Sabah will also be making its debut at the fifth edition of the championships with the overall prize of RM20,000.
“The organiser had to limit participation to 60 teams as the tournament has been shortened to two days compared to three days in the previous event,” he told a media conference here, yesterday.