Malaysia handed semi-final exit in Asian Sepaktakraw Championship

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Photo Credit: Sinar Harian

The national team ended their 2nd Asian Sepaktakraw Championships 2016 in third place after falling at the hands of host Korea A 17-21, 17-21 in the semi-final of the tournament. Korea A went on to beat favourites Thailand in the final to successfully retain their title.

The line-up of Sahidan Ali, Muhamad Nazmi Najib, Mohd Safarudin Abu Bakar, Muhammad Afifuddin Razali and Norshahruddin Ghani was no match at all against the Koreans.

Their defeat meant that they finished in third place alongside China.

Rosli Ab Rahman’s men was on fire when they defeated India 21-10, 21-4 in the last group stage match to book a place for the semi-final of the Asian Sepaktakraw Championship.

The national women’s team suffered the same fate as the men’s team after losing to Thailand 21-9, 21-5 in the last-four of the second annual tournament.