5 things Malaysia can learn from SEA Games failure

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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.