16 December 2016 – It is hard for any team to be on the field without their team captain. To make things even worst, they will face their biggest challenge in the championship. Malaysia Under 19 captain, Ras Ubaidah bin Rasbi journey in the tournament ended early as he suffered injury on his knee. That came of after a strong challenged from Sri Lanka Under 19 early in the second half.
Ras working hard to stop Sri Lanka attack.
Ras departure could be one of the biggest reason why Malaysia unable to hold the leat and got defeated in the first match. Malaysia Under 19 was leading up until the incident that saw Ras stretchered off. The injury kept him out for the rest of the tournament. Malaysia Under 19 will also miss Muhammad Safiy bin Md Said for the rest of the tournament. He suffered concussion as he was the victim of high and late Sri Lanka player in the first match.
Two Politeknik players were called up to replace Ras and Safiy. Azam Fakhrullah bin Abdul Razak (Politeknik Merlimau) was slot in the first fifteen and had a great game in the Malaysia Under 19 great come back win against Chinese Taipei Under 19. Samuel Rentap Meran (Politeknik Shah Alam) replaced Ras Ubaidah and he was also one of the reason why Malaysia had a great second half in that match.
Malaysia will also welcome back Muhammad Afiq Zulkernain after his one match suspension. Afiq was red carded for stamping after cited by the referee commissioner right after the Sri Lanka match. Malaysia Under 19 was the only team that got cited with 3 cases.
Rozaihan Roslee is expected to be name as Malaysia Under 19 captain for the match agaist Hong Kong Under 19 as he did well captaining the team against Chinese Taipei.
Malaysia will need to reproduce the same discipline, spirit and eagerness to win the game, the same qualities which saw them produce a great comeback against Chinese Taipei. Hong Kong has been the tournament best team so far, looking far too strong and fast compare to the previous two opponents. Hong Kong did not let both Sri Lanka and Chinese Taipei to play their game at all which saw them comfortably dominate both game from the start until the end.
Malaysian are welcome to flock Stadium UPM, Serdang and give your full support to the team. Make your voice heard and push the Young Bunga Raya to play their very best. The match between Malaysia Under 19 against Hong Kong Under 19 will start at 3.30pm, right after the match between Sri Lanka Under 19 and Chinese Taipei Under 19.
You can also catch the match live at http://www.thepapare.com