KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 1 (Bernama) -- The national under-23 squad's success in ending the 14-year wait to lift the Merdeka cup on Wednesday, proves that Malaysian football is still able to produce young talented stars.
Among those who should be given attention is ace striker Mohd Zaquan Adha Abdul Razak who showed amazing performance with his agility to delude opponents and speed which create fear in more experienced opponents.
Though he was not the tournament's top scorer, the three goals he scored throughout the campaign from Aug 20 to 29, proves that the country does not lack lethal strikers after the 90s era.
"It's not time yet to equate me with Super Mokh (the late Mokhtar Dahari) or other national lethal strikers because I have more to learn," said the Negeri Sembilan striker to Bernama here today.
Mohd Zaquan said his international career had just started and he had to improve several aspects in his game pattern such as in controlling the ball to ensure more lethal finishing strike in front of the goal.
In Wednesday's final match, Mohd Zaquan scored a goal using his speed from the middle of the pitch to help the national squad trash defending champions Myanmar 3-1.
On the squad's real challenge at the SEA Games in Korat, Thailand, in December, Mohd Zaquan said there were still several weaknesses that had to be sorted out.
Nevertheless, he said, winning the Merdeka cup was meaningful to him and his teammates and had boosted their spirit to put on the national stripes again.
In this week's tournament, Malaysia successfully overcame the challenges posed by two teams that will take part at the SEA Games, namely Singapore in the semifinals and Myanmar in the final.