Malaysia’s Mohamadou Sumareh (left) scores the 1-1 equalising goal in the 37th minute against Indonesia at the Gelora Bung Karno stadium in Jakarta. - Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR: 'Thank you Malaysia.'

Gambia-born Mohamadou Sumareh thanked Malaysia for giving him the opportunity to play international football after scoring the dramatic winning goal in the 3-2 win over Indonesia in Thursday's World Cup qualifying match in Jakarta.

Sumareh, who made his international debut for Malaysia in the 4-1 win over Sri Lanka in October last year, scored a brace, after coming on in the 36th minute replacing Hadin Azman, to take his tally to six goals for Harimau Malaya.


Malaysia’s Mohamadou Sumareh (2nd-left) celebrates scoring a goal against Indonesia with teammates at the Gelora Bung Karno stadium in Jakarta. - NSTP/Eizairi Shamsudin

"It was not an easy match. When our fans were abused by Indonesian supporters, it motivated us.

"We wanted to do the talking on the pitch and we achieved our target.

"Yes, I am, of course, happy to have scored a brace. My winning goal is a gift to all Malaysians."


Malaysian players celebrate their victory over Indonesia at the Gelora Bung Karno stadium in Jakarta. - AFP

Sumareh scored his first goal in the 37th minute and his second seven minutes into stoppage time.

"It was a great feeling to score the first goal just seconds after coming on. I was at the right place at the right time to receive the ball and score.

"As for the second goal, the ball from Matthew Davies came in and I was there to drive it home," said Sumareh.

Sumareh, however, stressed that everyone played a role in the win.

National coach Tan Cheng Hoe praised his players for their amazing performance.

"We were nervous coming here. It was an amazing performance, especially in the second half where my boys were really focused on winning the game.


Indonesian police transporting the Malaysian team to their hotel, located just one kilometre away from the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium on a Barracuda armoured vehicle after the match. - Pix source: Twitter/@RadioElshinta

"This is one of the best performances since I became coach.

"And hopefully we can keep this performance against the UAE on Tuesday," said the former international.

He added: "After the first half, we identified our mistakes. We made changes and fought until the end to get a good result.

"Before we arrived here, I had advised my players that whatever happens, we will just focus on football.

"I made the right decision by bringing on Sumareh in the first half. He added depth in attack.


Indonesian police transporting the Malaysian team to their hotel, located just one kilometre away from the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium on a Barracuda armoured vehicle after the match. - Pix source: Twitter/@RadioElshinta

"However, winning today does not mean anything. We still have a long journey.

"We need to play consistent football at the top level," he added.

The Malaysian team were transported to their hotel, located about one kilometre away from the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, after the match on a Barracuda.

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