MALAYSIA - SYAFIQ Rahim's spectacular strike earned the Asian Games-bound national squad a 1-0 victory over the South Korean Olympic side in a friendly match at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday.
Syafiq, who plays for Selangor, scored the only goal of the match in the 54th minute for Malaysia's first win over a Korean team in 15 years.
It was obvious that national coach K.Rajagobal was hungry for a win as he opted for a strong line-up by starting with the entire national Under-23 squad, who won him the Laos Sea Games gold medal last year.
As for the Koreans, it was evident that coach Hong Myung Bo was here to test his players ahead of the Asian Games and the Olympic Qualifiers. He brought a team with only five club-based players while the rest are still playing university-level football.
Nonetheless, a victory over any Korean side is encouraging for Rajagobal and his boys as they were playing against a team from a world class football nation.
"It is an unforgettable goal for me. I have scored many goals before but this is my first against Korea. I would not have scored if not for my teammates' hard work throughout the match.
"I dedicate this goal to all Malaysians," said the delighted Syafiq yesterday.
(Youtube link to Syafiq's goal is available here.)
(Extracted from New Straits Time, full article is available here.)
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