Dollah unhappy with Myanmar gamesmanship

Malaysian national team coach Dollah Salleh believes the Myanmar players resorted to playacting during the 0-0 draw between both sides last night. 

The Harimau Malaya had to play the majority of the game with 10 men after Gary Steven Robbat was dismissed for a second bookable offence in the first half.

Dollah felt that Myanmar attacker Kyi Lin had gone down too easily from the former’s contact, which led to Turkmenistan referee Kurbanov Charymurat brandishing the red card.

“I don’t know if they have actors or what!” he told assembled media at the post-match press conference last night.

“They ‘created’ a lot of fouls and everyone tried to act to make sure our players get a second yellow card.”

Given the numerical disadvantage for 55 minutes, the former PRDM coach was glad that his side managed to nick a point from this affair.

“I’m very proud of the players tonight,” he said.

“With ten men, they gave their 100 percent against a disciplined Myanmar side and managed to stop them from scoring. I wanted to get the three points before the game, but I’m still happy with this draw.”

With a tough game against Thailand coming up on Wednesday, Dollah wants his boys to go all out to keep their hopes of making through to the knockout stages alive.

“It’s a tough job really,” said the 51-year-old. 

“We still have to meet Thailand and it’s not easy to play against them. We have to give 100 percent or even 200 to make sure we do well.”

(Picture: Khairil Ajhar Jaafar/