Thursday, 12 December 2013 14:03

While other players were rather apprehensive about who they would rather play in the last eight, Izad Hakimi Jamaluddin had no qualms about wanting to play India.

But the defender did not see his wish franted as India are out of the quarterfinals following their 3-3 draw against Korea on Tuesday night that put paid to the hopes of the host nation.

And Izad and his team mates will surely fancy their chances against Korea, whom they have never lost to for the past three years.

Still the younger brother of national keeper Roslan Jamaluddin is treating the match against Korea with caution.

“Korea has improved tremendously and we need to be on our toes all the time as they have good fighting spirit,” said Izad who is one of Malaysia’s most consistent performers in the tournament.

“They run for every ball, defending and attacking in numbers and we need to be extra careful and not give away penalty corners as they can punish us.”

Izad had his reason as to why he wants to play India.

“They defeated us in the Sultan of Johor Cup and I want to avenge that defeat. What better way then to put them out of the tournament right infront of their own fans,” said Izad.

“But looks like the wish will not come true now.”


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