While I am doing this, Thailand just scored their 3rd goal. A sweet left foot free kick, a true world class goal score by the under 23 player. Just makes me wonder, how easy it was for the Thais to score the goal, unlike our national team who huffed and puffed to score 3 goals against the same opponent.
I know, most of 26 million Malaysian spent their good 2 hours just now to see how our footbal team got a good kick at their behind. Though very few would like to admit doing so, football is still our nation number 1 supported sport. Though they might not know the Indras or the Amiru Hadis, the fact that whenever a Jalur Gemilang is at stake, everyone will take notice. Therefore, I don’t want to write who Sathia should have chosed to start the game with, or why Indra is our nation best hope to regain the foothold in this region footballing scene or even why Indra’s print on his jersey was Indra Putra on 1st half only to have it changed to Indra during 2nd half.
Before I start on what I intend to write about, have a look at the video below.
How ironic that something similar happened to us just now.
I want to spend this posting to write about, Zaquan.
Zaquan burst into the national footballing scene as an 18 year old boy who scored 5 goals against Sarawak in the 2004 Sukma at King George’s School field. That is the moment when I first heard the name Zaquan. For the record, Sarawak went half time at 0-0 scoreline only to have Zaquan subbed in during the second half.
My first experience with this new senssation known as Zaquan came during the Asia Youth Cup qualifier against Myanmar at KL Stadium. So ‘expectation changing’ his performance at that match, scoring 2 goals in a 4-1 rout, that I know, this is the very person that will single handedly bring Malaysia back to the footballing map not in South East Asia, but in Asia.
His first televise performance was against My Team, against a team from a local reality tv show will surely not bring the best of any professional football player. He was sent off in that match, being jeered off field by the My Team supporter. Pity him, but I know, that would not dampen his spirit to be the ‘messiah’ of Malaysian football.
When the actual Asian Youth Cup in India commence that year, the team fared miserably. There is a thing called too much football, I till today still thinks that is what actually happened to that ‘team of hope’.
But during last year’s Merdeka Tournament is where Zaquan proof his ‘messiah’ tag. For the entire tournament, he showed the touches, the vision, the explosive pace and the charisma of a true gem in football. He clicks so well with Safee Sali like a well oiled machine.
Fast forward to this year’s edition of AFF Cup. He did not start during Harimau Malaysia’s first match against Laos. The Laotion proofs to be a tough nut to crack, but only after Safee and Zaquan was subbed in did the tempo change, did the game plan changed. His remarkable performance merits him to start tonight against Vietnam.
But unfortunately during the entire game, Zaquan did not bring his scoring boots with him. Nicholas Bradtner woeful form for Arsenal might have affected him too. Similar with Bradtner, Zaquan chooses to wear the pink boots. That pink boots might carry some jinx with it.
His runnings was aimless, his turning is a second off, his vision is non existance, his timing is off and more importantly his finishing is; woeful.
Yes we might lost the game to Helmi’s comical indecisiveness between the goal. (Thai just scored their 4th goal, Malaysia is in for a torrid time in Bangkok on Wednesday) But I can’t deny the fact that if Zaquan converted only one of his hatful of chances just now, we might be talking a different tone of optimism now.
Malaysia might be looking to another pre-mature depature from this AFF tourney come Wednesday, but nothing is impossible when it come to footbal; but to think of it again all is impossible when it comes to Malaysian football. Malaysia was in the same tight spot in 2004 – 2005 Tiger Cup, but we pull through against the same opponent, thanks to the magical form of Khalid Jamlus. Khalid is no longere there to help us, but I still believe in our messiah.
Come on Zaquan, the hope of a nation rests on you.
KEMBALIKAN MARUAH BOLA SEPAK NEGARA !!!