Asian Games: Speedy Tigers aim to beat Pakistan for fifth placing

HANGZHOU: With no Asiad medal to play for any more, Malaysia's goal is to collect world ranking points in the fifth-sixth placing match against Pakistan tomorrow.

Malaysia captain Marhan Jalil said the match is still important since it offers ranking points for Paris Olympics qualification.

"This is the path we have found ourselves on, so we will continue until the end, and change our target from gold to points.

"As the captain, I have to make sure that my teammates continue to have a positive attitude to playing the next match.

"This match is very important because of the ranking points for the Olympic qualifier in January. We can't keep losing matches anymore."

Coach A. Arul Selvaraj's squad failed to reach the Asian Games semi-finals after finishing third in Group B.

The Speedy Tigers fell way short of their declared goal of winning the Asian Games gold and booking an Olympic ticket.

Marhan said the Hangzhou debacle has taught them a chastening lesson - not to be complacent.

"Perhaps the defeat here will indirectly help us raise our intensity because in the qualifiers later, we will face better teams from around the world.

"We cannot miss this second chance," he said.

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