Analysis

How do OKS's Tigers compare to previous AFF Suzuki Cup sides?

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2012

Coach: K. Rajagopal

Captain: Safiq Rahim

Biggest win: Malaysia 6 Sri Lanka 0 (Friendly)

Biggest defeat: Malaysia 0 Vietnam 2, Thailand 2 Malaysia 0 (Friendly)

Form heading into Suzuki Cup: DDLLW

Having won the previous edition, expectations were high as Malaysia were co-hosts. This Tigers squad was supposed to be best prepared as extended training camps saw the national team play 19 friendly matches all year prior to the Suzuki Cup.

Yet the Tigers were far from prepared and knifes were already out after failing to win any of their four matches prior to the regional competition.

Malaysia lost the opening group match 3-0 to Singapore, prompting outrage by football fans and the press, but regained composure against Laos and arch-rivals Indonesia to make the semi-final. Thailand were too good and denied Malaysia successive finals.

Rajagobal was on borrowed time after the tournament as FAM later decided against renewing his contract when it ended in 2013.