The men’s SEA Games football squad are coming home on the back of a dismal campaign, and to add salt to the wound, it came after suffering the ignominy of a 1-3 defeat to Cambodia, their first ever loss to the nation in the history of the biennial sporting event.
Ong Kim Swee’s under-23 squad went into the game at the Rizal Memorial Stadium with a mathematical chance of securing one of the top two spots in Group A and qualifying for the semifinal, but was still expected to defeat the less illustrious Cambodians.
Instead, the opposite happened. Cambodia’s victory, which took them to the semifinals along with Myanmar, seemed easy, simply because Malaysia, just like in their previous group A games, played a poor game bereft of ideas.
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