The Thailand Under-22 side never looked like dropping points against their Malaysian counterparts at the ongoing AFC Under-23 qualifiers in Bangkok, strolling to a 3-0 display after a one-sided match that exposed where the two countries stood in football.
Hosts Malaysia were handed a relatively easier group at the SEA Games after avoiding Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines and defending champions Thailand, all of whom can consider themselves in a group of death.
Malaysia coach Nelo Vingada’s first squad saw six players over the age of 30 called-up, but with the inclusion of eight below 25, it actually appears to be a combination of young and old. Many more youngsters are hoping to make a break and FourFourTwo picks eight who may be ready for national duty …
In an exclusive interview with FourFourTwo, Malaysian under-22 coach Frank Bernhardt says he is not in a race against time for the regional meet next year. He tells Vijhay Vick that the Malaysians are technically gifted but must be willing mentally.
Day 10 of the SEA Games football tournament saw Singapore pick up a much-needed 3-1 victory against Cambodia, while already-eliminated Malaysia claimed a consolation victory with a 2-0 result against Brunei.