Malaysian midfielder Safiq Rahim was glad to attain personal honours despite his side’s 4-3 defeat on aggregate to Thailand in the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup final.
The Johor Darul Ta’zim midfielder scored a total of six goals in this year’s edition, with two coming in the 3-2 win over Thailand that ultimately proved futile in their quest to win the trophy.
With that, he became the first midfielder in the tournament’s 18-year history to have picked up the Golden Boot award.
“I am very surprised to win the top scorer award,” he told FourFourTwo after the game.
“I did not expect to score so many goals and I have to thank my team-mates for the support they gave me.
“This award is a really good achievement for me in my career.”
Despite not being able to replicate that famous 2010 triumph under Datuk K. Rajagobal, Safiq remained pleased with his side’s dream run to the final.
“We wanted to win the Cup, but this is football; anything can happen.
“We did not have good preparations ahead of the tournament this year, but we still fought till the end.
“So, I am really proud to be part of this team.”
With the Suzuki Cup now officially over, he is already looking forward to the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, which will take place next year.
“We did not win, but we’ll try harder next time.
“We have to keep our heads up to focus on the next assignment for Malaysia.”
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