Apr 30, 2015


Defending champions Malaysia bounced back from a preliminary round defeat against Singapore to turn the tables on their neighbours following a 2-0 victory in the third-fourth placing playoff match in the ISTAF SuperSeries KOREA 2-14/15 at Wolmyeong Arena.

National head coach Abdul Ahmad Talib benched Sahidan Ali (tekong) and KhairolZaman(striker) in the starting line-up and instead introduced HairulHazizi(tekong), team captain ZuleffendiSumari(feeder) and MohdZamree as striker against the Singaporeans.

On the opposite end, Singapore replaced AfifSafiee(striker) who played in the shocking win over Malaysia on Thursday with AsfandiJa’al but maintained  FarhanAmran as tekong and FarhanAman in his feeder role.

The strategy worked in Malaysia’s favour, which emerged champions in ISTAF SuperSeries MALAYSIA 2014/15 - the second round of the series in Malacca two months ago but ran into troubles here in Gunsan, coasting through 21-18, 21-9 wins in 42 minutes.

“It was not what we had targeted for but to beat Singapore and finish third is a good achievement as the players had learned from earlier mistakes,” said Malaysian head coach Abdul Ahmad Talib. “We will return study our performance here to avoid similar situations in the Kings Cup.”

The Malaysians will next compete in the Thai King’s Cup World Championship from May 4-10 and the Southeast Asian Games (SEA) from June 6-15 in Singapore while the fourth leg of the ISTAF SuperSeries is scheduled in September.

Meanwhile, defending champions Thailand won both the men and women’s championships against Korea with identical scores of 2-0. The men’s team won 21-10 and 21-19 while the women were stretched to the limits before winning 21-12, 21-18.

The Mayor of Gunsan City, Moon Dong Shin presented the ISTAF Super Series Trophy to the Thai men’s team.

SittipongKhamchan’s near perfect service accounted for almost 40 percent of the points gained while ThawisakThongsai once again played the leading role as striker, punishing the Koreans with his powerful bicycle kicks.

The Koreans, who won the opening round of the ISTAF SuperSeries INDIA 2013/14 in New Delhi, once again paraded their best line-up that includes ImAnSoo(striker), Park Hyeongeun(tekong) and Jeong Won Deok(feeder).

Nevertheless it was a proud moment for the Korean men and women teams in Gunsan City after both were knocked out in the semi-finals stages at the last series.

“Overall we are very satisfied with our performance here,” said coach Yoo Dong Young. “I believe the men and women’s teams have improved tremendously since the last series in Malacca and now look forward to the Thai King’s Cup World Championships in May.”


Men’s Final: Thailand bt Korea 2-0 (21-10, 21-19); 3-4th: Malaysia bt Singapore 2-0 (21-18, 21-9); 5-6th: Indonesia bt Myanmar 2-1 (21-10, 16-21, 21-17); 7-8th: Japan bt China 2-0 (21-17, 21-15)

Women’s Final: Thailand bt Korea 2-0 (21-12, 21-18); 3-4th: Indonesia bt Vietnam 2-0 (21-16, 21-13).


Tickets for Liverpool FC’s pre-season match against the Malaysia XI in Kuala Lumpur today went on sale to fans. To mark the launch of the general ticket sale, 75 fans from the Malaysian official LFC supporters clubs, All Reds Malaysia and Kuala Lumpur Kopites gathered, to watch the Reds take on West Bromwich Albion at a viewing party held in Kuala Lumpur’s Cobra Club.

Liverpool FC’s first team will return to Malaysia for the first time since their successful 2011 pre-season visit to play the Malaysia XI at Bukit Jalil Stadium on the 24th July 2015. The match, organised by the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) and promoted by ProEvents International Sdn Bhd, will offer LFC’s Malaysian fan base the opportunity to see their team first hand.

Liverpool FC Vice-Captain, Jordan Henderson said: “We have over eight million followers in Asia and to get the chance to play in front of 85,000 in Kuala Lumpur is an incredible opportunity.

“The reception we received from our Malaysian fans during the 2011 visit was unbelievable and I am looking forward to being able to experience that first hand this time around,” he added.

Julian Kam, CEO, ProEvents Group said: “The wait is over and we are excited to launch the Liverpool match tickets today. In 2011, the Bukit Jalil National Stadium was electrifying with 85,000 fans and we are expecting to replicate the same and it will be a great Friday night at Bukit Jalil.

“For the past few weeks we have received many enquiries for match tickets and corporate hospitality. We encourage all the fans to get their match tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment,” he added.

As well as a full Liverpool FC squad, the touring party will include coaching staff from the Club's charity, Liverpool FC Foundation, to carry out work in the community throughout the visit as well as taking part in events with official LFC supporters' clubs.

Match tickets for Malaysia XI vs Liverpool FC are priced at RM88, RM158, and RM228 with a limited number of VIP seats available at RM428 and RM328.