Faizal Saari, the national forward have shown that he is shaping up pretty well for World Cup next month in India after he won the award as the top scorer in the Asian Champions Trophy at Muscat in Oman. The nipply player belonging to Terengganu has scored goals for helping out Malaysia to secure the bronze medal in the tournament. This was the fifth consecutive time that Malaysian finished in the 3rd position in the Asian Champions Trophy.
Malaysia took revenge when they defeated the gold medalist of Asian Games, Japan 3-2 in the penalty shootout after the two teams were tied 2-2 in the regulation time at Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex.
Japan is known to have taken a lead with the help of Kenji Kitazato in the eighteenth minute prior to Faizal equalizing through the penalty corner just 2 minutes later. Fazial had been on target again in the 46th minute off the field foal in offer to offer Malaysia the lead but their sole joy had been short-lived because Japan had equalized 2 minutes later with the help of Hirotaka Wakuri.
In the penalty, Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin Tengku Abdul Jalil had turned out to be the hero for Malaysia because he scored the 5th shootout after the shot by Matsumoto shot that was hit in the post. Norsyafiq Sumantri and also Nik Muhd Aiman Nik Rozemi had earlier scored for Malaysia when the goals of Japan came from Hirotaka Wakuri and Hiromasa Ochiai.
Irrespective of the sizzling performance Roelant Oltmans, the newly appointed national coach, had not been too pleased with the inconsistency shown by the team. He said that they are happy to win the bronze medal but honestly this wasn’t their best game of the tournament. He felt that they had an upper hand in the 4th quarter and should have finished in the usual game time but he had to make it difficult. He says that their performance had not been consistent enough throughout the tournament but there are several positives to take home.