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Malaysia looks to Games success to fire revival

Malaysia`s prime minister is hoping the country`s first South East Asian Games soccer title in two decades will be a springboard to a revival of the nation`s footballing fortunes.



Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia`s prime minister is hoping the country`s first South East Asian Games soccer title in two decades will be a springboard to a revival of the nation`s footballing fortunes.

Malaysia beat Vietnam 1-0 in the final of the under-23 tournament in Vientiane, Laos on Thursday to win regional bragging rights for the fourth time, but the first since 1989.
"We wish to see a significant change in the position of our football team compared to the other nations," Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak told a newspaper.

"We should use this victory as a stepping stone for greater success in future."
While many Malaysians are passionate about soccer and the country is a popular stop on Asian pre-season tours for the likes of Manchester United, the national team have never qualified for the World Cup and are currently 160th in the FIFA rankings.

Bureau Report

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