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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Pity Rajagobal & Malaysian team.


I'm not a die hard fan of football but I have noticed this article today on NST. So, let's read the news article first and then I'll share my opinion regarding this issue:

Football: Rajagobal: Please support us

By Ajitpal Singh

Read more: Football: Rajagobal: Please support us

Malaysia’s Mohd Muslim Ahmad goes through the paces during a training session at the National Stadium yesterday to prepare for their match against Liverpool. — Picture by Osman Adnan
Malaysia’s Mohd Muslim Ahmad goes through the paces during a training session at the National Stadium yesterday to prepare for their match against Liverpool. — Picture by Osman Adnan
NATIONAL coach K. Rajagobal has urged local fans not to turn their backs on the team as they need their support in today's friendly against Liverpool at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil. Rajagobal was unhappy that some local fans, in supporting Arsenal on Wednesday, chose to jeer centre-back Aidil Zafuan Abd Radzak.

"I know there are many passionate Liverpool fans in Malaysia but to those at the stadium, please support the national team," said Rajagobal.

"We are all Malaysians, what is wrong supporting your football team on this occasion? The team need their undivided support.
"Our fans must understand that we are playing against top English Premier League teams. Why must the fans boo us? We did not play too badly against Arsenal. In fact we gave them some anxious moments."

Rajagobal hopes his players will be better prepared in terms of mental and physical toughness today.

"I want them to push a little harder tomorrow (today). My players need to be aggressive. We let in simple goals against Arsenal... I do not want them to repeat the same mistakes against Liverpool.

"But everyone must understand that this match is just a warm-up for the World Cup qualifying tie against Singapore. I do not want anyone to get injured as it will not be good for the team ahead of the priority assignment," said the former Selangor player.

The national players will wear their favourite blue jerseys today. According to Rajagobal, his team have not lost when wearing the blue jerseys since the 2009 Laos Sea Games.

Aidil Zafuan and striker Norshahrul Idlan Talaha are down with ankle and hamstring injuries respectively. Both players are doubtful for next week's match against Singapore.

"Norshahrul aggravated an old hamstring injury. It affected his mobility against Arsenal. What he needs is rest. I hope he will be ready for at least the second leg against Singapore."

My response: To all die hard fans of  Liverpool; you have to remember that Malaysian team has shown so much improvement and supporting your own country's team shows your patriotism as well. Plus, Rajagobal & the players need all of your support and encouragement too.


Anonymous said...

Hello PJ, this is an odd question! I have been reading a few entries on your blog and it reminded me of something I've always wondered about the Malaysian language --- why is it often written with the number '2' at the end of words? Does this reduplicate the sound, or change the meaning of the word? I have checked a lot of websites and can't see any mention of this in any article about Malaysian so I thought, who better to ask than a Malaysian English teacher?

And just to stay on topic, I can't believe people would boo their national team if they are playing a famous foreign team! Surely - even if you are not nationalistic - it's better to build support for the country you live in?

transformed housewife said...

Dear Anonymous,

It's part of the grammar rules in our first language "Bahasa Malaysia". Any noun that needs to be changed to plural must be repeated two times.

Diyana said...

ntahnye kan kak..bangga sgt la dgn omputih tuh..skang team malaysia dah ok ape..:)

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much! I appreciate you responding to my off-topic question. Have a wonderful week!

- "Anonymous" (actually Ryan)

transformed housewife said...

Diyana: mmg pasukan Malaysia dah jauh lebih baik dr dulu. Akk bangga dah dgn diaorg skrg.