SEA Games 2017, “Rooney” Malaysia Ever So Nightmare U-22 national team
Indonesia U-22 national team will play Malaysia in SEA Games 2017 semi-finals on Saturday (8/26/2017). Luis Milla’s troops should be wary of Malaysia’s top scorer, Thanabalan Nadarajah.
Currently, Thanabalan collected three goals scored against Singapore and Myanmar. Indonesian public also surely know, this Malaysian striker had been a nightmare U-22 national team when scored the third goal against Satria Tama approximately a month ago in the U-23 Asian Cup Qualifying event.
Indonesia then lost 0-3 from Malaysia in the opening match. These minor results include the main cause of Garuda Muda’s stalled steps that failed to qualify for the final round of the event.
Thanabalan is a Malaysian club player, Felcra, on loan from Negeri Sembilan. Before playing for Felcra, he is in the Nine Country U-21 team and up to the senior team.
Thanabalan Nadarajah (left) celebrates after scoring in the 2017 SEA Games.
Malaysian media, NST, juxtapose Thanabalan’s abilities with striker Wayne Rooney because he can play in several positions. Previously, he played on the right side, but in the SEA Games his position was moved to be the main attacker.
“My position changed from the right striker to the main attacker in the 3-4-3 formation,” he said as reported by BolaSport from NST.
“I am very honored compared to Wayne Rooney but I am nothing at this moment, my focus is only to bring Malaysia to gold in the SEA Games,” he said again.
Thanabalan dedicates every goal he scored for his paralyzed father from an accident in 2013.