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    The Star Online > Sports
    Sunday May 9, 2004
    Malaysia to adopt the right strategy to stay in fight



    MALAYSIA may split their doubles and rest their top singles players to field an under-strength team against Thailand in their final Group C tie of the Thomas Cup Finals at the Senayan Indoor Stadium today.

    With leadership of the group meaning a potentially fatal quarter-final clash against China or Indonesia, both the singles and doubles chief coaches - Misbun Sidek and Yap Kim Hock - felt they should go for strategy in their bid to stay in the challenge for as long as possible.

    “We have to apply the right strategy to win the Cup here. We will come up with a winning strategy against the Thais,” said Misbun after their training sessions yesterday.

    The line-up today will show if Malaysia want to win the group match or give Thailand a chance to top the group and get an early meeting with one of the big two.

    If Malaysia lose today, they can expect to go at least one step further. They are likely to meet a weakened South Korea, who do not have the services of doubles specialist Ha Tae-kwon due to a back injury, in the quarter-finals.

    However, the Thais too may opt to pick a losing line-up although their number one player Boonsak Ponsana has promised an all-out assault.

    Still, both teams will have to first weigh the ethical question of bringing the game into disrepute by throwing matches.

    The International Badminton Federation (IBF) have made it clear that action could be taken against players who throw matches.

    China's Yang Wei-Zhang Jiewen faced a charge of bringing the game into disrepute after they lost in last year's World Championships quarter-final match against compatriots and eventual champions Gao Ling-Huang Sui.

    In 1992, Indonesia fielded an under-strength line-up against China in a group match to avoid Malaysia in the semi-finals. Doubles specialist Ricky Subagja and Rexy Mainaky played in the singles while Alan Budi Kusuma played in the doubles. They came under heavy fire for doing so but eventually, the Indons lost to Malaysia 2-3 in the final.

    Misbun said that the Malaysian players would not throw away their matches.

    “The players we field will go all out to win their matches. But it is best that I do not reveal the line-up for tomorrow (today),” said Misbun.

    Malaysia could resort to an under-strength team, resting both Wong Choong Hann and Mohd Roslin Hashim and fielding Lee Chong Wei, Mohd Hafiz Hashim and Lee Tsuen Seng as the top three singles.

    They may even field a doubles player in the singles. Kim Hock said: “We are keeping our options open. The main thing is that we want to get our strategy right.”

    Choong Tan Fook or Lee Wan Wah can play at third singles. If Tan Fook is fielded, the Malaysian doubles could feature the scratch combinations of Wan Wah-Chew Choon Eng and Chan Chong Ming-Koo Kien Keat. Chong Ming-Kien Keat form Malaysia's weakest doubles combinations.

    Misbun said they would make a final decision after a meeting with the players and Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Datuk Nadzmi Mohd Salleh, who arrived in Jakarta yesterday.

    “The coaches can plot all the moves but we want to do it with the blessings of our president. We are fighting for the country. He (Nadzmi) may want us to just go out there and fight,” added Misbun. If Malaysia field a full-strength side to emerge as group champions, China and Indonesia, who play each other in Group A tomorrow, will then be in a position to choose whether they want to meet Malaysia in the quarter-finals or not.

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    eh, i dont think its so they will lose

    im pretty sure they can still beat thailand. its probably better for them so wong choong hahn and roslin don't get fatigued

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