Malaysia Tour Diary – Day Five


All the latest goings-on from Glory’s Malaysia Tour…

Day Five

The squad were straight into it on Monday morning, splitting into two groups for another strength session at The Gym Box.

No-one’s channelled their inner Conor McGregor and braved the centre’s octagon just yet, but it’s hard to imagine that remaining the case for the rest of the trip.

Gym Box - octagon


By lunchtime, the welcome news was filtering through that Tando Velaphi was being discharged from hosptial where he had been receiving treatment for the multiple facial fractures and head lacerations that he received during Saturday’s tour opener against Sarawak FA.

Sadly, he is set to return early to Perth in order to consult a specialist regarding further treatment, but it was great to see him back at the team hotel and in his customary good spirits despite having endured a very tough 48 hours.

Next on the agenda was a Junior Coaching Clinic at nearby Negeri Stadium where Richard Garcia, ably assisted by Luca Bodnar, Chok Dau, Zayd Farah, Henry Hore, Yagoub Mustafa and Walter Scott, put nearly 100 local children aged between 8 and 12 through their paces.

Sarawak - Richard Garcia at junior clinic


There were some fine skills on display from the youngsters, along with plenty of elaborate goal celebrations and no-holds-barred challenges and once the on-field action came to an end, the autograph and photo session swung into full effect.

Junior Clinic signing


No sooner had the Clinic wound down than the rest of the Glory squad arrived for their second session of the day which was to feature an impressive cameo from Danny Milosevic.

Stepping in to replace the unfortunate Tando Velaphi during the end-of-session game, ‘Milo’ rolled back the years with a commanding display between the sticks.

Following another stunning sunset which prompted the arrival of dozens of bats [and moths the size of bats], it was back to the hotel for dinner.

And it was here that the second impressive cameo of the day unfolded, as Juande unleashed a superb initiation song performance that had players and staff alike clapping and singing along.