PETALING JAYA: Attacking midfielder Wan Zack Haikal Wan Nor is raring to make a comeback to the national team after recovering from a thigh injury.
And more importantly, the nippy player just cannot wait to be on the scoresheet to help Malaysia win their Asian Cup qualifying match against Yemen on Friday at the Shah Alam stadium.
Malaysia’s blunt strike force, apparent in the 4-1 loss to Saudi Arabia in a friendly at Shah Alam on Sunday, has given national coach Datuk K. Rajagopal sleepless nights.
“I think it is equally important for anyone to score and win the match against Yemen. As long as we win, I don’t care who gets on the scoresheet,” said Wan Zack.
“Winning the match is a collective effort. We cannot just leave it to the strikers because we have to pull the strings together.”
Wan Zack knows that getting into the starting 11 for the Yemen match will be quite an uphill task for him.
“In terms of match fitness, I’m still lagging behind. I lost a bit of the touch and I have to buck up quickly.
“Whether I’ll be picked or not against Yemen, is up to the coach. Whatever the decision, I have to be ready to play.
“The objective is to help the team win and it won’t be easy,” he said.
Rajagopal even hinted that he is expecting the goals to come from other players and not from his strike force led by Norshahrul Idlan Talaha.
“Midfielder Lampard (Frank) scores for Chelsea most of the time … we have to deal with the situation (in attack) and not think negatively about it,” said Rajagopal after a training session yesterday.
Malaysia need to beat Yemen to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the 2015 Asian Cup. In their group opener, they lost 2-0 to Qatar. Bahrain are the other team in the group.
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