Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Thomas Cup next target?

Let us not get carried away with Lee Chong Wei's All-England victory!
Yes, congratulations is in order and it is an honour to the country.
But it is not the end all.
To say that the Thomas Cup is Malaysia's next target, is stretching it a little too far.
Yes, we must all have ambitions and aim high, but the truth of the matter is that Chong Wei alone cannot win the Thomas Cup for Malaysia.
Malaysia is now counting on veteran Wong Choong Hann and Mohd Hafiz Hashim, as none of the five players in the squad Tan Chun Seang, Chong Wei Feng, Mohd Arif Abdul Latif, Liew Daren and Chan Kwong Beng seemed to have impressed  to earn their stripes.
Even the Doha Asian Games gold medalist Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, have not progressed since and to depend on them to deliver a point is like taking a lottery ticket.
When we last won the Thomas Cup in 1992, we had the likes of Sidek brothers Rashid, Razip and Jelani, Foo Kok Keong, Kwan Yoke Meng, Cheah Soon Kiat and Soo Beng Kiang.
That team had experience, character and quality.
It has been a 16 years drought since we won the Thomas Cup for the fifth time in 1992. Malaysia before that won it in 1967, 1955, 1952 and 1949.
The best we can hope this time around is that home ground advantage will play a part, the players train very hard in the next two months, be in their best physical condition and hopefully their determination will see them stand the challenge and hope that takes them through to the final.
In the meantime, let Chong Wei alone to concentrate on his training and forget about all the kenduris, road-shows, awards and rewards!
Remember what happened Hafiz Hashim?
Let us keep our feet firm on the ground, show some consistency and get our act together.
Let us all stop dreaming and face the reality!

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