Faris sure of Malaysia victory over Thailand

The odds are stacked against the hosts but Malaysia under-21 captain Faris Shah Rosli believes teamwork could be the key to defeating Thailand in the Nations Cup final in Malacca.

Regional powerhouses Thailand were “pretty confident” during the Nations Cup final pre-match press conference on Saturday saying they have done their homework ahead of Sunday's clash.

But Faris wants to lead his teammates to another win in the competition, thus gaining early momentum for the 2017 SEA Games.

Having experienced a win over the Thais before – at the 2013 AFF Under-19 Championship – Faris is eager for another landmark win, one that will surely make the rest of region take note of the team.

“We are not nervous … far from it in fact. Everyone is eager. We know Thailand are the best in Southeast Asia but we cannot fear them. This is our chance to test ourselves and we have to bring our ‘A’ game,” Faris told reporters.

“I’ve played against some of their players before and we won 1-0. It was a long time ago but we can do it again if we play as a team.”

Malaysia trounced Singapore 3-0 on Friday to reach the under-21 competition’s final while Thailand overcame Vietnam 2-0 under scorching heat earlier in day.

Malaysian coach Frank Bernhardt will fine tune his squad ahead of the match and is expected to make changes to the line-up following injuries to Adam Nor Azlin, Jafry Firdaus Chew and Safawi Rasid.

“I saw Thailand play and they were good … very compact and dominated Vietnam. We are working on finding a way to bring our game to Thailand,” said Bernhardt.

“There were areas from the win on Friday that we need to work on because how you play is also important. We made mistake and I’m sure Thailand can do much more than Singapore.”

The Thais’ performance on Friday looked to be on a different level than the rest of the field in the two-day competition but Worrawoot Srimaka, among the finest finisher the Kingdom had produced, expects his team to raise their game further against Malaysia.

“We are doing some homework, especially on our team as there were areas that we didn’t do so well against Vietnam. I am pretty confident for the final,” said Worrawoot.

“The corrections made will make us stronger. The Malaysian are good too, always a threat in the region. They can attack well … fast and attacking minded too.”

The final takes place at the Hang Jebat Stadium with kickoff scheduled for 10pm due to religious obligations ahead of the Muslim fasting month, which begins on Monday.