LAST_UPDATESat, 23 Jun 2018 3pm

U-23 Squad Told To Maintain Discipline Against South Korea

KUALA LUMPUR — The national U-23 football squad have been told to keep their discipline until the final whistle against South Korea in the quarter-finals of the Asian Football Confederation Under-23 (AFC U-23)  Championship.

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin called on the squad under coach Datuk Ong Kim Swee not to fear their opponents as they had proven their capability in the 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia in the last group C match.    

“I hope our players would not be overwhelmed by the Koreans as Kim Swee had moulded the best team against Saudi Arabia the other day. I hope the win would boost the confidence of the players and to fear no one.      

"This shows that if we have the confidence to win, anything is possible,” he told reporters at the launch of Youth and Sports Skills Training Institute (ILKBS) digital programme towards 2050 National Transformation (TN50) in cooperation of Microsoft Malaysia, today.

Khairy also commended the system of play deployed by Kim Swee which was seen to be effective in beating Saudi Arabia.

The national junior squad also set their own record when they qualified for the quarter-finals of the AFC U-23 championship taking place in China.

In the match in Kunshan Stadium, the solitary goal was scored by Danial Amier Norhisham in the 28th minute which was good enough to book Malaysia's place among the best eight teams in Asia.