Analysis

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

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2010

Coach: K. Rajagobal

Captain: Safiq Rahim

Biggest win: Malaysia 1 Yemen 0 (Friendly)

Biggest defeat: Oman 3 Malaysia 0 (Friendly)

Form heading into Suzuki Cup: LLLWL

The Malaysians only played five friendlies in 2010 – including a shock 3-2 defeat to Malaysia Super League side Selangor – but participation at the Asian Games was expected to prepare the young squad.

Injuries meant the Tigers only had four players above 25 for the Suzuki Cup, but FAM banked on the fact Rajagobal had been working with the core of the team since their under-17 days. A core of the squad also won the SEA Games in 2009.

Malaysia were torn apart 5-1 by Indonesia in the opening group match in Jakarta and drew the following match with Thailand, leaving Safiq Rahim and co. relying on favours elsewhere to qualify despite defeating Laos 5-1 in the final match.

The rest was history as Malaysia defeated Vietnam 2-0 and Indonesia 4-2 on aggregate to lift the Suzuki Cup for the first time. The tournament also brought back legion of fans, numbers of which have significantly reduced in 2016.