Shukor wants perfect Suzuki Cup swansong
The veteran defender will retire from international football after the second leg of the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup final, where Malaysia will take on Thailand at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium.
“This is definitely my final match for the country,” he told FourFourTwo before Friday’s pre-match training session.
35-year-old Shukor was handed a surprise international call-up by head coach Dollah Salleh after a hiatus of five years.
He has played a key role for the Harimau Malaya in their thrilling run to the final, including scoring a vital goal in the 4-2 win over Vietnam in the semi-finals.
After missing out on the famous 2010 triumph, he is desperate to lift the AFF Suzuki Cup trophy before turning his focus completely to club football.
“I really have to thank coach Dollah for calling me up for the tournament,” said the Felda United defender.
“Now I want to win a trophy before I retire from the international stage.”
However, he admitted that it will be a big task to overturn a two-goal deficit from the first leg in Bangkok.
“We’re all very disappointed that we could not hold out for a draw that night.
“Now we have a really tough game on our hands as we need to score at least three to win the cup, which won’t be easy against this Thai side.
“They are speedy and technically very sound, and have played together for a long time.
“They also did well at the recent Asian Games, so we need to put in extra effort in order to beat them.”
With the second leg being played at the 100,000-capacity Bukit Jalil National Stadium, Shukor hopes the Harimau Malaya faithful will keep the faith and turn up in full force to cheer the team on.
“The crowd at Bukit Jalil has been amazing in the last two to three years during international matches.
“They always come down to support the team in important matches and I hope they will do so again on Saturday.”