HISTORY favours the courageous and that might be Malaysia’s struggle cry towards Vietnam in a World Cup qualifier in Hanoi tomorrow.
And the person main the Malaysian assault, Norshahrul Idlan Talaha, will undoubtedly be impressed by the heroics of historical past.
For the final time Malaysia beat Vietnam was 5 years in the past with Norshahrul taking part in a key function in that success, scoring a aim within the Four-2 win over the Golden Dragons within the AFF Cup semi-finals.
Since then, World No 158 Malaysia have been unable to beat World No 99 Vietnam, shedding their earlier two conferences at My Dinh Stadium, 2-Zero and 1-Zero within the AFF Cup final 12 months.
Now 33 years of age, Norshahrul discovered himself the centre of consideration of the Vietnamese media yesterday, as they see him a giant risk
He’s skilled sufficient to know the form of hazard from Vietnam than what Indonesia did in Malaysia’s final away match in Group G. Malaysia had gained Three-2 towards the Garuda.
“There’s no downside with the coaching right here (in Hanoi) to this point. The workforce are prepared bodily and mentally to face Vietnam,” mentioned Norshahrul.
“The outcome towards Sri Lanka (Malaysia gained 6-Zero in a pleasant on Sunday) can’t be used as a gauge for this recreation (towards Vietnam).
Being nationwide coach Tan Cheng Hoe’s most popular selection to start out as Malaysia’s fundamental striker, there’s quite a lot of strain on Norshahrul to crack the Vietnam defence.
However the Pahang participant believes he and his teammates have what it takes to upstage the Golden Dragons of their lair for Malaysia’s second win within the group.
“If the coach selects me to start out, then for certain I’ll be giving my all to the workforce. On the similar time I hope to see everybody giving 100 per cent to the trigger.
“It isn’t essential who scores. What’s essential is that we play collectively as a workforce and solely then we will take into consideration taking a constructive outcome again to Malaysia,” he added.
The Malaysian workforce arrived in Hanoi on Monday and have gone by means of two coaching periods on the pitch inside the Vietnam Soccer Federation compound with none situation.
As it’s with earlier matches between the 2 groups, the native curiosity could be very excessive with hordes of Vietnamese media protecting the 2 coaching periods.