THE Yamaha Asean Cup remained elusive for Malaysia as defending champions Thailand came from behind to edge Malaysia Yellow 2-1 in the final at the Petaling Jaya Stadium yesterday.
With the defeat, Malaysia also became the first host country not to win the title since it was inaugurated in 2008 in Da Nang, Vietnam.
Indonesia won in 2010 when the tournament was held in Jakarta. Last year, Thailand took the title in Muang Thong Thani.
Malaysia's previous best showing in the tournament was also finishing runners-up in 2008 when they lost to Vietnam in the final. Last year Malaysia failed to get past the preliminary rounds.
There was more joy for Thailand when striker Chokanan Samai-in was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.
Striker Muhammad Nurfais Johari earned some consolation for Malaysia Yellow when he walked away with the top scorer's award with four goals.
Meanwhile, in the playoff for third place, Malaysia Blue edged Vietnam 1-0 for a memorable debut in the championships. The win made up for the disappointment of losing 1-0 to Thailand in the semi-finals.