KUALA LUMPUR: The sensational win of the national Under-23 squad against South Korea in the Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games 2018 last night caught the attention of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Dr Mahathir congratulated the team, coached by Datuk Ong Kim Swee, for defeating South Korea 2-1.
“Congratulations to the national football squad to the Asian Games. Malaysia Boleh!” Dr Mahathir, who is in China on a five-day official visit, posted in his Twitter account.
National footballers sing the Negaraku ahead of the match against South Korea. Bernama.
In the Group E match at Si Jalak Harupat Stadium, Malaysia showed no fear against the mighty South Koreans and scored as early as the 4th minute when Muhammad Safawi Rasid pounced on a loose ball after their keeper fumbled a catch.
South Korea, who had 2018 World Cup player Hwang Hee-Chan in the team, piled on the attacks after that, but failed to make headway and it was Malaysia who again scored, through Muhammad Safawi again in the 45th minute.
Malaysia next play Bahrain in their final group match on Aug 20.--BERNAMA © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd