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“We are prepared for hostile reception” – Shahrom ahead of Myanmar clash

Malaysian defender Shahrom Kalam believes that they’re more than capable of producing an upset tomorrow night, though he admits they will need to cope with the pressure from Myanmar’s fans.

Both teams will be going into Matchday 3 of the Suzuki Cup knowing that only a win will allow them to progress into the semi-finals and the Selangor skipper knows the atmosphere will be similar to that of a cup final.

“We’ve really got to adapt quickly and get used to absorbing pressure from thousands of Myanmar fans. The good thing is, we’ve faced these fans before, so hopefully it isn’t a problem,” he told Harian Metro.

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“Myanmar’s strength lies in the young players they have. They’re all very quick, but I also know they have several weaknesses that we can take advantage of,” he added.

Despite getting their Suzuki Cup campaign off to a positive start with a 3-2 win over Cambodia, Datuk Ong Kim Swee’s charges were handed a blow in the second game as Vietnam scored a late goal to snatch a 1-0 win.

While many pointed out that Malaysia did deserve to lose against Myanmar, having adopted a conservative approach to the game, Shahrom remains optimistic of bouncing back and proving their critics wrong tomorrow.

“I’m still very positive about the team’s chances. We may have lost to Vietnam, but we’ll definitely bounce back and I’m confident of our chances of making the semi-finals,” he concluded.

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