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Malaysia is ready to kick Thailand off the champion seat

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Kuala Lumpur: Less than two months before the first leg of ISTAF SuperSeries (ISS) Bangkok 2016, Malaysia are determined to stake their particular claim and showcase their accurate potential as they look to stop the particular Thai domination in previous ISTAF SuperSeries seasons.

Malaysia, under the guidance of head coach Abdul Talib Ahmad came shut in securing their first ISTAF SuperSeries Grandfinal triumph last year, only to fall in the final hurdle to defending winners Thailand 2-0 in dramatic style.

Unlike past months, whereby the ISTAF SuperSeries circuit was organized in several different venues including Myanmar, India, Korea plus Malaysia throughout the calendar year, this season’s ISTAF SuperSeries will play guest to one venue – Bangkok, the house of Sepak Takraw.

Entering the fourth edition of the ISTAF SuperSeries, Abdul Talib said arrangements for the competition has already begun and he is in the midst of analyzing the best players to be registered about what he described as a ‘two-pronged mission’ – the ISTAF SuperSeries plus forming a strong squad to restore the SEA Games gold in 2017.

“Overall I am satisfied with our achievements last season. This year we will try to do better, if possible we would like to win at least two legs yet I know it will be a difficult task, ” said Abdul Talib.

Abdul Talib is wary of the threats posed by both Korea and Philippines – apart from the reigning champions Thailand – as he views them as countries that are up and coming in the Sepak Takraw scene.

In addition to retaining the existing line-up which comprises of Farhan Adam, Syahir Rosdi, Shahidan Ali, Khairol Zaman Hamir Akhbar, Hanafiah Dollah plus Amirul Zazwan Amir, Abdul Talib has called up some new faces who showed potential and performed outstandingly in the recently determined SepakTakraw League 2015.

“I will select a list of the particular strongest players made ​​up of players from the existing squad whilst also adding some new faces. We have about 6 weeks therefore i think we have enough time to prepare, ” Abdul Talib added.

Malaysia’s best achievement in the ISTAF SuperSeries Champsionship since it was presented in 2013 was when they received the ISTAF Superseries Malaysia held in Melaka February last year.

At the time, Malaysia, represented simply by Syahir, Hanafi and Farhan defeat arch-rivals Thailand 2-0 (21-7, 21-19) in a fairly entertaining final before over 3, 000 home followers.

However , they did not capitalize on the momentum of that triumph as they were suffered a shock defeat in the hands of the Koreans in the semi-final of the ISTAF SuperSeries Korea 2015 edition, which raised queries and doubts about the ability of the national team to shine to the international stage.

Therefore Abdul Talib hopes that the players he selects will show a great sense of responsibility and dedication in order to restore confidence of the Sepak Takraw fans in the country.

“We have young quality players in the Sepak Takraw scene. I want players who are passionate about winning since our main target is both ISTAF SuperSeries and the 2017 SEA Games, ” said Abdul Talib.

“We want to recover the faith that the fans possess in us and prove to all of them that Sepak Takraw is the upcoming of the county and it starts along with good performances in the ISTAF SuperSeries, ” added Abdul Talib

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Kuala Lumpur: Lower than two months before the first leg associated with ISTAF SuperSeries (ISS) Bangkok 2016, Malaysia are determined to stake their own claim and showcase their real potential as they look to stop the Thai domination in previous ISTAF SuperSeries seasons.

Malaysia, under the guidance of head coach Abdul Talib Ahmad came shut in securing their first ISTAF SuperSeries Grandfinal triumph last year, only to along with the final hurdle to defending winners Thailand 2-0 in dramatic style.

Unlike past periods, whereby the ISTAF SuperSeries circuit was organized in several different locations including Myanmar, India, Korea and Malaysia throughout the calendar year, this season’s ISTAF SuperSeries will play guest to only one venue – Bangkok, the home of Sepak Takraw.

Entering the fourth edition of the ISTAF SuperSeries, Abdul Talib said arrangements for the competition has already begun and is in the midst of evaluating the best players to be registered about what he described as a ‘two-pronged mission’ – the ISTAF SuperSeries plus forming a strong squad to restore the SEA Games gold in 2017.

“Overall I am satisfied with our achievements last season. This year we will try to do better, if possible we would like to win at least two legs but I know it will be a difficult task, ” said Abdul Talib.

Abdul Talib is wary of the particular threats posed by both Korea and Philippines – apart from the famous champions Thailand – as he sights them as countries that are rising in the Sepak Takraw scene.

In addition to retaining the existing line-up which comprises of Farhan Adam, Syahir Rosdi, Shahidan Ali, Khairol Zaman Hamir Akhbar, Hanafiah Dollah plus Amirul Zazwan Amir, Abdul Talib has called up some new faces who showed potential plus performed outstandingly in the recently came to the conclusion SepakTakraw League 2015.

“I will select a list of the particular strongest players made ​​up of players from the existing squad whilst also adding some new face. We have about 6 weeks so I think we have enough time to prepare, ” Abdul Talib added.

Malaysia’s best achievement in the ISTAF SuperSeries Champsionship since it was launched in 2013 was when they earned the ISTAF Superseries Malaysia held in Melaka February last year.

At the time, Malaysia, represented simply by Syahir, Hanafi and Farhan beat arch-rivals Thailand 2-0 (21-7, 21-19) in a fairly entertaining final in front of over 3, 000 home supporters.

However , they failed to capitalize on the momentum of that triumph as they were suffered a shock defeat in the hands of the Koreans in the semi-final of the ISTAF SuperSeries Korea 2015 edition, which raised questions and doubts about the ability of the national team to shine on the international stage.

Hence Abdul Talib hopes that the players he selects will show an excellent sense of responsibility and dedication in order to restore confidence of the Sepak Takraw fans in the country.

“We have young quality gamers in the Sepak Takraw scene. I want players who are passionate about winning since our main target is both the ISTAF SuperSeries and the 2017 OCEAN Games, ” said Abdul Talib.

“We want to recover the faith that the fans have in us and prove to them that Sepak Takraw is the upcoming of the county and it starts along with good performances in the ISTAF SuperSeries, ” added Abdul Talib

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