Yesterday was a bad day for our national sports. After Nicol David & Co lost to England in the final of World Women’s Team Squash Championship, it was followed by a series of loses by our badminton, bowling and football teams. I had high hopes for them, especially for our women squash who, a day earlier, shocked top seeds and defending champions Egypt 2-0 in the semi-finals. But, England was just a bit better yesterday. Nonetheless, they still made us proud by finishing runners-up for the first time and put up a gallant fight against seven times champion.
Meanwhile, in Abu Dhabi, our men bowlers put up a strong show at the Men’s World Bowling Championships only to be undone by poor final games. Ahmad Muaz Fishol (our top bowlers) had to settle for seventh place after he only managed a poor 204 (by World’s bowling standard) pinfalls in the sixth and final game. Canada’s Dan MacLelland won the gold when he beat home favourite Shaker Al-Hassan of the United Arab Emirates 256-212 in the final. The bronze went to Australia’s Sam Cooley and US pro bowler, Tommy Jones.
AFF Suzuki Cup & Axiata Cup
Back in Kuala Lumpur, both our football and badminton teams lost their semi-final matches in AFF Suzuki Cup and Axiata Cup respectively. Without Datuk Lee Chong Wei, Malaysia really is a spent force in single events and that proved to be our downfall in this tournament. Team captain, Chong Wei Feng was beaten by Hong Kong’s Hun Yun while women’s shuttler, Tee Jing Yi was trashed 21-12, 21-8 by World No. 6 Tai Tzu-ying. Even after both doubles won their matches to level the score, Malaysia were still beaten under countback on points, 147-140.
The biggest dissapointment of all must have come from Shah Alam Stadium where Harimau Malaya were outplayed by Vietnam in the first leg of semi-final AFF Suzuki Cup. Even after taking a lead through penalty in the 14th minute, our boys didn’t seem likely to win the match. It was a poor performance by the team and they really need to lift themselves up when they face their opponent again in the return leg. My worry is they might not have the tactical discipline to succeed in this competition. Coach, Dollah Salleh was completely honest when asked about his charges.
He said ““It’s our worst game in the competition. I don’t know what went wrong with the players”.
And to add more salt to the wound, some of our football fans’ behavior are simply MORTIFYING……..
– A Bad Day