Hanoi: Having already surprised many by reaching the final of the AFF Suzuki Cup, Malaysia are prepared to give ‘everything they have’ to finish the job in tomorrow’s second leg, according to defender Shahrul Saad.

“At the start of the tournament we knew that, on paper, Vietnam and Thailand are the favoured teams for the AFF Suzuki Cup but things aren't won on paper.

“We know it won’t be easy though and that there will be a big crowd to support Vietnam but I hope my teammates and I can give 120% and above.”

Having come from two goals down midway through the first half in Kuala Lumpur in Tuesday’s first leg to earn a 2-2 draw, the defender – who started the comeback with his 36th minute goal – said that there’s not much that Malaysia need to alter heading into the decider.

“I don’t think we need to change many things, rather just focus on our team work and sacrifice.

“We need to work together because what’s happened before has already happened and I hope that for tomorrow we can give more than 100% to bring the cup back to our home.”


Having been preparing for this moment for almost two months, the 25-year-old central defender said that it’s the deep bonds that have been forged by the squad that will also help them deliver a second regional crown to Malaysia.

“At the start of the tournament our target was to play eight matches and that became reality and I hope for the last game we can celebrate and go home happy.

“I believe in my team, the staff and the country because we came here not only to play football but also as a family and you could see that when we played in Malaysia a lot of people sacrificed things to come to the stadium when it was raining or people didn’t have tickets still they came and that means a lot to all the players.

“I hope we can give that moral support to them and give what we have because we came here like a family.

“We’ve been together for a long time and I hope we can end with good memories.”