Analysis

2014 AFF Suzuki Cup: Malaysia's players rated and slated

FourFourTwo writers assess the individual performances in Malaysia’s 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup campaign, which saw them reaching the final.

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GOALKEEPERS

Khairul Fahmi Che Mat - 5/10

He started the tournament as the first-choice goalkeeper and made the joint-most saves in the tournament with 19, sharing the record with Kawin Thamsatchanan albeit playing less games than the Thailand goalkeeper. However, despite boasting a fairly good save-to-shot ratio, he often spilled the ball and put his team in dangerous situations.

Farizal Marlias - 5/10

It was difficult to justify his selection ahead of Khairul Fahmi, as he conceded the same amount of goals as the Kelantan goalkeeper. Farizal also made a crucial mistake in the second leg of the final that ultimately cost Malaysia the crown when he failed to deal with a direct free-kick in the 81st minute, allowing Charyl Chappuis to tuck it home from close range. That being said, he still did brilliantly on a few occasions, such as stopping a one-on-one against Thailand after a mistake by Fadhli Shas in the first leg of the final.

Khairul Azhan Khalid - N/A

Although he was named the Best Goalkeeper in the M-League this year, the Pahang custodian was not given a single minute of action.

(Photos: asiana.my)

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