Southeast Asia Malaysia

Malaysia Prepare For Second Leg Against Timor Leste

Aiman Nazirmuddin

Football Tribe Malaysia


Malaysia will not look to rest on their laurels after an impressive first-leg win, said Tan Cheng Hoe ahead of the upcoming match of the World Cup 2022/Asian Cup 2023 qualifier at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil against Timor Leste. 

While Harimau Malaya’s progress looks almost certain after their previous 7-1 win, Cheng Hoe will not change any of the tactics and wants his players to attack from the start of the game.

“We will go down as usual as we play and the importance of players to improve performance and reduce individual errors.

“So far I have seen them play well but the main thing is we want to keep the consistency of the game,” he said to the media.

In another development, Cheng Hoe confirmed the attacker Syafiq Ahmad was unable to join the team following the Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) injury he suffered and is expected to rest for a period of two weeks.

Commenting on plans for the second match on Tuesday, Cheng Hoe explained that he has no intention to make wholesale changes to the squad that won in the first leg. 

Currently, Cheng Hoe will continue to monitor the situation of his men and will discuss with the coaching staff before deciding who will complete the first eleven.

“Any coaches rarely change all players. Maybe I will keep half of the players.

“The players may still be tired and maybe I’ll give some other players a chance,” he said.