SEPANG – Winning a bronze medal at the World Petanque Championships has boosted National petanque coach Zani Lisa Mohamed’s confidence in his charges to achieve a better result in the 2017 SEA Games compared to two years ago in the Singapore edition.
Despite winning only a bronze medal at the World Petanque Championships, players in the team had produced excellent performances to show that they can compete against strong teams from France, Madagascar and Thailand.
“I therefore feel we can achieve a better result than what we had managed in the Singapore edition,” said Zani Lisa after arriving with the team at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, here today.
The National petanque team came home from the 2017 World Petanque Championships in Ghent, Belgium, with a bronze medal from Syed Akmal Fikri Syed Ali and Nur Thahira Tasnim Abdul Aziz in the mixed doubles competition.
The win was the first of its kind for Malaysia on the world stage.
“I can see that the players are in their best form now. In the past we have only managed to reach the quarterfinal stage but this time around Syed Akmal-Nur Thahira moved into the semifinal stage,” said Zani Lisa.
In the Singapore SEA Games the Malaysian petanque squad brought home one gold, three silver and one bronze medal and that was the best achievement for the sport since 2001.
“Since our participation in the SEA Games 2001, we managed to win a gold medal in Singapore two years ago and the overall haul was also the best. For the coming SEA Games, we have targetted another gold medal, just like what the National Sports Council has targetted,” said Zani Lisa.
Zani Lisa said Thailand and Cambodia will be Malaysia’s main contenders for the seven gold medals offered for petanque in the SEA Games.- BERNAMA