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TOURNAMENT

RECORD

Champions in

2010

Runners-up in

 

Nickname

Harimau Malaya

(Malaysian Tigers)

National Coach

Tan Cheng Hoe

(Malaysia)

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TOURNAMENT RECORD

Champions in

2010

Runners-up in

1996 & 2014

Nickname

Harimau Malaya

(Malaysian Tigers)

National Coach

Tan Cheng Hoe

(Malaysia)

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About Malaysia

Malaysia will be looking to win their second AFF Suzuki Cup title this year with a new coach at the helm in the form of Tan Cheng Hoe.

He took over as national football head coach after then head coach and Portuguese international, Eduardo Vingada stepped down in December last year following a string of poor results.

Cheng Hoe is the former coach of Kedah FA and was appointed as an assistant to Vingada last year.

He will look to guide them to a vastly improved performance in this year’s edition of the AFF Suzuki Cup as they failed to progress past the group stage in 2016.

Malaysia claimed the title in 2010 and were runners-up in 1996 and 2014.

  1. Rajagopal led them to success in 2010 with 14 players under the age of 23.

They began their campaign with an embarrassing 1–5 loss to Indonesia but bounced back to draw with Thailand and beat Laos 5–1.

As Group A runners-up, they qualified for the semi-finals, meeting Group B winners and defending champions Vietnam. In the first leg of the semi-final, Malaysia won 2–0 on home soil and later drew 0–0 in the second leg. In the final, Malaysia met favourites Indonesia, who were unbeaten in all their matches.

In the first-leg, Malaysia registered an emphatic 3–0 win at home. They scored twice through Safee Sali and once through Mohd Ashaari Shamsuddin on a night when the Bukit Jalil National Stadium was filled to its maximum capacity.

In the second-leg held in Jakarta, Malaysia lost 1–2 to Indonesia but triumphantly prevailed on aggregate 4–2.

They also came close to winning the trophy in 2014 when they gave eventual winners Thailand an almighty shock in the second leg at Bukit Jalil. Having lost the first leg 0-2, they were all but written off, only to race into a 3-0 lead after 58 minutes following a double from midfield maestro Safiq Rahim and a strike by the evergreen Indra Putra Mahayuddin. They were undone by two late goals but were by no means outshone on the night.

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