Making his debut in the AFF Championship, Syamer Kutty Abba has made it further than some of his more established contemporaries and now the Penangnite is looking forward to the semi-final clash against Thailand with much excitement.
Still only 21 years of age, Syamer made his first international bow in the Asian Cup qualifier defeat away at Hong Kong but has since grown from strength to strength, particularly after spending couple of month training in Portugal.
Looking ahead to the first leg at Bukit Jalil National Stadium on Saturday like his head coach Tan Cheng Hoe, Syamer is well aware of the danger that The War Elephants possessed. Pointing out that concentration and defensive awareness is the key, if Malaysia want to progress to the final.
"Thailand are a good team tactically and technically but we also have our strength. With the first leg being at home, hopefully we can use that to our advantage. We have to constantly be aware even when we are attacking."
"They have good counter attack and good finishing, therefore we cannot allow our concentration to drop even for a moment. I hope we can prevent them from scoring to give us an advantage in the second leg," said Syamer before Malaysia's training session.
Last Saturday when Malaysia played Myanmar in the final Group A clash, it was in front of approximately 82,000 supporters, making it the biggest attendance witnessed in the competition this year, doubling the previous highest which was the Vietnam against Malaysia match in Hanoi.
It was an eye opener as well as a good experience for Syamer and with 40,000 tickets already sold in the first two days of the tickets sale, the National Stadium is expected to be filled to the brim this coming Saturday, a boost that Syamer is very much looking forward to.
"For me, it was the first time that I played in front of such a big crowd and it did give us a big boost going into the game. I hope more will turn out in this semi-final as we'll need all the help we can get," he added.
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