5 things Malaysia can learn from SEA Games failure

Where’s the creative spark?

Observers would have gotten bored of Malysia’s laborious displays throughout this SEA Games campaign.

While the Young Tigers cannot be blamed for a lack of effort, the fact that there remains a distinct lack of cutting edge in the attacking third is alarming. Malaysia lack a player who can change the game, unlike Thailand and Vietnam who can call on Chanathip Songkrasin and Nguyen Cong Phuong respectively.

A quick comparison to the winning sides of 2009 – when Datuk K. Rajagobal’s side boasted of the likes Safiq Rahim, K. Gurusamy, S. Kunanlan and Baddrol Bakhtiar – and 2011 – when Ong could call on Gurusamy, Baddrol and Wan Zaharulnizam – exposes their creative deficit.

Apart from Nazmi, no one else proved capable of carrying the side’s attacking burden this time around. Gary Steven Robbat, D Saarvindran and Nurrizuan Abu Hassan may be solid players, but are more midfield workhorses than anything else.