Gurusamy eyes revenge against Lions

Malaysia midfielder K. Gurusamy reveals the Tigers will be gunning for revenge when they take on arch-rivals Singapore at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Friday.


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K. Rajagopal's charges travel across the Causeway for the first of their two-legged friendly encounter this week with the memory of last year's 2014 World Cup qualifying defeat still fresh in their memories.

Back in July last year, Singapore recorded a 5-3 win over Malaysia in the first leg of their second-round encounter at the Jalan Besar Stadium before holding their opponents to a 1-1 draw at the Bukit Jalil Stadium to end their rivals' World Cup hopes.

And Gurusamy, who was part of the squad that lost to the Lions, admits his team-mates are still rankled by that defeat and will be looking to make amends on Friday.

"I played the last 20 minutes in the second leg of the World Cup qualifier in Kuala Lumpur and losing to the Lions was really painful," the Selangor anchorman told The Star.

"It's not only me as the whole team wants to avenge that defeat. We will be extra motivated to win this match."

Gurusamy, who was part of the Malaysia side that emerged triumphant at the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup, joined hometown team Selangor at the start of this season after becoming ineligible to represent Harimau Muda, but has been hampered by a quadricep injury that ruled him out of action for a month.

He has since returned to Selangor coach Irfan Bakti's starting XI and is hoping he will be able to rediscover the form that saw him regarded as one of the most assured midfielders in the region.

"I'm back to my best in terms of fitness and form but there's still plenty of room to improve as a footballer," the 23-year-old added.

"I'm quite happy with my work rate but I need to improve my attacking play. I need to make more through-passes to the strikers and I must also try to score goals.

"This is an important year for us [Malaysia] as we are preparing for the defence of the AFF Suzuki Cup title. My target is to be a regular in the team."

Following Friday's game, Malaysia will then entertain the Lions at the Shah Alam Stadium on June 12.

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