Thursday 29th June, 2017
KUALA LUMPUR -- New national coach Nelo Vingada says Malaysia are still capable of making the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, despite a disastrous start to their qualifying campaign in which they fell to a last-minute 2-1 home defeat against Lebanon.

In an exclusive interview with ESPN FC, Vingada refused to criticise his players, calling them "special and fantastic" and like his "sons".

And he compared Malaysia's collapse against Lebanon on June 13, when they conceded two goals in the last 15 minutes to blow a lead, to Real Madrid's late defeat to Barcelona towards the end of the 2016-17 La Liga season.

"Even if we won, it would not be easy [to qualify for the Asian Cup]," Vingada said. "Of course, a loss or a draw would have been better than to lose, but still we are in position that we can do it.

"I believe now that by watching more games, more players, we will be better prepared for the next match. All of the [Malaysia] players were fantastic. They did a great job [against Lebanon}... they ran, they fought.

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