FRIDAY, 17 APRIL – The Malaysian Women’s National Football team listed four players from Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) who are currently in Thailand for two series of friendly matches in preparation for the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Women’s Football Championship.
Right winger for the national squad, Jaciah Jumilis (second right) said the first game will be against Thonburi FC and will take place today at 4.00 pm (Thailand).
“This game will definitely be a stiff fight, especially when Thailand is famous for fast playing and often the choice in any football championship. Even though Thonburi FC is a club from a university here, this game will prove to provide us with useful experience before playing in the AFF Women’s Football Championship in May,” she said when contacted by Media and Citra Division reporter.
Jaciah, who is a staff of UMS Security Division is determined to help the national team in the AFF tournament and hoped to reach at least the top three places.
She said, based on the commitment of all players and the aim to realise the hopes and strategies organised by the coach, I believe this national team would have the opportunity to go further in the championship participated by all the giants of ASEAN.
“My friends and I are grateful for the guidance and dedication of National Head Coach who is also the Director of UMS Sports Centre, Mohd Asyraaf Abdullah for sharing with us his knowledge to ensure that we are ever ready to compete in an international stage,” she added, and who was also a player with the Malaysian women football squad when the squad finished fourth at the SEA Games 2013 in Myanmar.
Along with Jaciah in the championship are Shereilynn Elly Pius and Mastura Majid of UMS Sports Centre including a UMS Sports Science student, Sihaya Ajad.
The national squad will face another tough test when they will play a friendly match against the Thailand national women’s football team tomorrow. – SS (fl)
Media and Citra Division