Playing behind closed doors could well be a blessing in disguise for Malaysia national team.
National centreback Mohd Aidil Zafuan Abdul Razak said that considering the crisis that the team are going through, it would be better for them to play in front of an empty stadium when they host Middle East giants United Arab Emirates (UAE) in their penultimate World Cup qualifying match at the Shah Alam Stadium on Tuesday.
“Of course, we appreciate the fans’ support, but under the current circumstances I think this game (against UAE) is best played in an empty stadium. The pressure will not be so much on us,” said Aidil at Wisma FAM in Kelana Jaya.
The Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) stalwart admitted that it won’t be easy to handle UAE, who thrashed Malaysia 10-0 in Abu Dhabi on Sept 3.
“I did not play then. But we have not forgotten the debacle. It’s a painful lesson that we do not want to see repeated,” said Aidil.
Aidil said that although their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign is over, “we are not going to take the remaining matches lightly”.
“The critics or the fans can say what they want. We have to play for national pride. We are professionals and football is our bread and butter. We will not let the nation down. We will give our best,” pledged Aidil.
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