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Nazmi’s not worth the time

Much of Malaysia’s pre-tournament hopes resided on gifted playmaker Nazmi Faiz Mansor stepping up and delivering the goods for the Young Tigers. However, his tournament lasted just 32 minutes.

The 20-year-old was sent to the showers early in his side’s 1-0 opening win against Timor Leste after spitting at Felipe Oliveira during a tussle near the touchline. It was a moment of foolhardiness that proved to cause more implications than expected.

Not only did his expulsion nearly cost his side victory, but Nazmi was then handed a lengthy six-match ban which ruled him out of the entire tournament. One would have thought the punishment was harsh enough, but the former Beira-Mar midfielder remains unrepentant, even going to the extent of posting an Instagram picture with a graphic depicting the incident.

Surely question marks have to be raised over whether he really is Malaysia’s golden hope for the next decade.