Aidil, Christie eager to beat Palestine

Malaysia defender Aidil Zafuan is determined to avenge his side's 6-0 loss to Palestine when the two teams meet in a 2018 World Cup qualifier on Thursday. 

Malaysia were left humiliated after the drubbing they received from Palestine in June, with the result heaping further pressure on former coach Dollah Salleh who quit after his side lost their next qualifier against the United Arab Emirates 10-0. 

Aidil has admitted that Malaysia face an uphill battle to secure a win and three valuable points as they will face Palestine on the road, but he has said they are ready for the challenge.

“We lost 0-6 to them at our turf and this time it’s tougher because we play away from home. However, every game is different and we will do our best,” he told Harian Metro. “Of course we can get at least a point from this game, but my focus is for us to win this game. For that to happen, not only the defence, but all the players must work hard for it.”

Midfielder Christie Jayaseelan is brimming with confidence ahead of the match as he scored a brace in Malaysia’s international friendly against Laos last month. 

While Christie will do his best to score against Palestine on Thursday, he insisted that other members of the team also have to contribute. 

“After scoring two goals against Laos, it has made me more confident and eager to face Palestine. Plus, I know that this is an important game for us,” he told Utusan Malaysia. “However, scoring goals is not the responsibility for me only. It doesn’t matter who scores the goals as long as we get a good result against Palestine.”

Christie said he is pleased to be fully fit and does not feel fatigued even though he represented FELDA United in their 3-2 victory over Selangor in the Malaysia Cup on November 4. 

“I feel great, and feel really fit despite recently playing for my club in the Malaysia Cup,” he said. “But, I don’t feel tired at all and am free from injuries.”

A victory for Malaysia will see them move past Palestine and into third place on the Group A standings.