2024 AFF CUP: MALAYSIA DRAWN IN GROUP A WITH DEFENDING CHAMPS THAILAND


KUALA LUMPUR, The Harimau Malaya squad will face an uphill battle to make it to the semi final stage of the 2024 ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Cup after being placed together with defending champions Thailand during the draw ceremony held at Hanoi, Vietnam today.

Malaysia and Thailand are in Group A, along with four-time champions Singapore, Cambodia, and the winner of the qualifying round between Brunei and Timor-Leste, while 2022 AFF Cup runners-up Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines, Myanmar and Laos are in Group B.

‘We face Thailand and Singapore our neighbour, Cambodia and the team from the qualification round. We try to get our main power to build (the) best team to fight in this Cup,’ he said in a video shared by the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) today, adding that he would ensure that the squad would have a strong line up for the Cup.

Defending champions Thailand, currently ranked 101st in the world, have been consistent in their performance lately, making it tough for the Harimau Malay
a squad to top Group A, especially with the likely absence of key players from Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) and Selangor FC, whose clubs will be playing in the Elite Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League, scheduled from Nov 25 to Dec 5.

The 2024 AFF Cup will be held at nearly the same time, from Nov 23 to Dec 21.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

INDOOR HOCKEY ASIA CUP : MALAYSIA BLAST OMAN 10-2 IN OPENER


KUALA LUMPUR, The men’s national indoor hockey squad began their campaign to defend the Indoor Hockey Asia Cup in style when they thrashed Oman 10-2 in a Group B action in the 2024 edition in Taldykorgan, Kazakhstan, today.

Defender Muhammad Najmi Farizal Jazlan stole the limelight when he scored a hat- trick by putting Malaysia ahead in the seventh minute followed by a second in a personal effort and rounding up with a penalty corner in the 31st minute.

Striker Abdul Khaliq Hamirin and defender Muhammad Aminuddin Mohd Zain scored two goals each in the 12th and 34th minutes and the 19th and 27th minutes respectively.

Three more goals for the squad managed by head coach Mohd Rodzhanizam Mat Radzi were contributed by midfielder Muhamad Izham Azhar through a penalty corner goal (17th), striker Muhammad Ashran Hamsani’s field goal (25th) and striker Faridzul Afiq Mohd completed Malaysia’s victory with field goal (33rd’).

Oman’s two goals were produced by Asama Barazahan who scored a field goal (18th minute)
while Rashad Al Fazari took advantage of a penalty corner to score the last goal of the match (37th minute).

Despite scoring 10 goals against Oman, Mohd Rodzhanizam admits that there are still mistakes made by his men and hopes that the coaching staff can help the team fix those problems in search of a second win against the hosts tomorrow.

“The meeting against the hosts, Kazakhstan tomorrow will definitely not be an easy match because they are a strong team.

“The management and the coaching staff also hope that the players can play well and provide great resistance to the opponent,” he said in a statement by the Malaysian Hockey Confederation.

After Kazakhstan, Malaysia will continue the group competition by facing the 2023 SEA Games champion Indonesia, also scheduled to take place tomorrow.

In the second round, the top two teams of each group will be placed in Group C while the remaining teams will be placed in Group D.

The top two teams in Group C not only qualify for the final stage but automaticall
y qualify for the 2025 World Cup.

Malaysia created history at the 2022 edition in Bangkok, Thailand when they won the inaugural Asia Cup championship by defeating eight-time champions Iran, 3-2, through penalty shootout after the two teams were tied 4-4 in regular time.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

BORUSSIA DORTMUND IN SOLIDARITY WITH FAISAL HALIM


KUALA LUMPUR, The horrifying acid attack on Malaysian footballer Mohamad Faisal Abdul Halim’s continues to garner the attention of the world football family as giant German club Borussia Dortmund today expressed solidarity with the sensational winger of Harimau Malaya and Selangor FC.

Solidarity with Mohamad Faisal or better known as Faisal Halim was made via Borussia Dortmund’s official Facebook post, which has 15 million followers worldwide.

‘Faisal Halim is a winger who played for Selangor FC and Malaysia National Team. He scored the goal of the tournament in the recent AFC Asian Cup against South Korea. His 13 goals and 9 assists in the league last season propelled Selangor FC to 2nd place finish and a place in the 2024/25 Asian competition.

‘Following the latest news, Faisal was attacked and was left in a critical condition in the intensive care unit, with this, we want to shed light on the violence in football. Stop the violence. We stand with Faisal Halim,” according to the statement from the 2023/
2024 European Champions League finalist.

Dortmund, who are also eight-time champions of the German league (Bundesliga), will meet Spanish giants Real Madrid in the 2023/2024 European Champions League final at Wembley Stadium on June 1.

Earlier this month, English Premier League winger and goalkeeper of Manchester United, Alejandro Garnacho and Andre Onana expressed sympathy and gave words of encouragement to Faisal Halim in an interview broadcast by a private television.

On May 5, Faisal Halim suffered fourth-degree burns on parts of his body after being splashed with acid in a mystery attack by an assailant at a shopping mall in Petaling Jaya and has now been placed in a regular ward after approximately 10 days in the hospital ICU.

The 26-year-old is expected to be out of action for five or six months, missing two matches in the second round of the 2026 World Cup/2027 Asian Cup qualifiers against Kyrgyzstan and Taiwan next month.

The acid attack was the second incident on a national footballer after Ter
engganu FC loan player Muhammad Akhyar Abdul Rashid suffered head and leg injuries in a robbery at his home in Kuala Terengganu on May 2.

Attacks on national footballers players gained notoriety after that when Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) club player Safiq Rahim’s car windscreen was smashed by two bikers wielding a hammer in Johor Bahru on May 7.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

MUHAMMAD ZIYAD CELEBRATES THIRD WORLD PARA ATHLETICS GOLD MEDAL WITH RECORD BREAKING THROW IN JAPAN


KUALA LUMPUR, National para athlete Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli celebrated his third personal World Para Athletics Championship gold medal after he emerged as champion of the men’s shot putt F20 (intellectual disability) event at the 2024 World Para Athletics Championship in Kobe, Japan today.

His winning throw of 17.43 metres (m) at Kobe Universiade Memorial Stadium broke the Asian record of 17.29 m he set at the 2017 World Para Athletics Championship in London and won him his third gold medal in this championship, after two previous gold medal wins in 2013 and 2017.

‘Alhamdulillah, Alhamdulillah, Alhamdulillah. Three times gold medal World Para Athletics Championships,’ Muhammad Ziyad said in a post attached to a video of his victory uploaded on Instagram today.

French shot putter Soane Luka won the silver with a distance of 15.29 m, Jordi Patricio of Ecuador took home the bronze with a distance of 15.80 m, while fellow Malaysian Mohamad Aliff Mohamad Awi placed seventh with a distance of 13.48 m.

The 2024
World Para Athletics Championship is taking place from May 17 to 25.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Cambodian Bodybuilders Win Two Medals at Competition in Laos

Cambodian bodybuilders have grabbed two silver medals at the 18th SEA Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Championship in Laos.

The update was shared by Cambodian Judge Mr. Tek Bunvy, adding that the medals were won by Mr. Chhoeng Nora in men’s athletic physique up to 160cm and Mr. Srin Reach in men’s sport physique over 175cm.

Taking place from May 16 to 20, the 18th SEA Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Championship attracted the participation of athletes from 11 countries.

The Cambodian Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation sent five athletes, a coach, and a judge to join the tournament.

Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse