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SEPANG: National defender Aidil Zafuan Abd Radzak’s ideal final would be to meet Vietnam because he wants to exact revenge.

Following their 2-0 defeat to the Golden Dragons in the group stage, the 31-year old said the Harimau Malaya team will now be out for blood.

“I don’t mind who we meet in the final, but I really want to play against Vietnam, because we lost to them in the group stage and I want revenge!”

Earlier, Vietnam qualified for the two legged final when they beat the Philippines 4-2 on aggregate, and the Golden Dragons will line up to face Harimau Malaya this Tuesday in the first-leg of the final at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

The Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) player said that he is still unsure of whether or not he will be able to start for the first leg crunch match.

“I am injured because it happened in the earlier minutes of the match due to some tension to my hamstring, so hopefully it’s nothing serious, but whatever it is, I hope to consult my doctor and be able to play in the final.

“I’ve never missed a game, and last night (Wednesday) was the first time I missed a big portion of it, but I really hope it’s nothing serious,” he said.

Aidil Zafuan said that the strain of playing many matches and enduring tensed muscles as being the reasons for him being substituted as early as the 18th minute with Irfan Zakaria coming on for him, and he pointed out that he lasted that long because of his burning desire to help the national side qualify for the final.

“We managed to get the win and the satisfaction that we got out of that, only my fellow teammates and coaches will understand,” he said.

Meanwhile, Aidil Zafuan, who is the twin brother of team captain Zaquan Adha Abd Radzak, called out Malaysia’s fans to turn out in full force for the first leg of the final at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium on Tuesday.

“I hope we give it our all and we will be able to do so if our supporters come out in full force to support us,” he said.

Malaysia's captain Aidil Zafuan Abd Radzak (left), Zaquan Adha Abd Radzak (right) with his mother, Azizah Arshad, 56 arrived from Bangkok after winning the AFF Cup final after overcoming Thailand 2-2 (agg 2-2) in the second half at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), Sepang. (NSTP/NURUL SHAFINA JEMENON)
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