All the latest goings-on from Glory’s Malaysia Tour…
So that’s it.
The eighth and final day of the trip is upon us and it’s time to head back to Perth, via Kuala Lumpur late this afternoon.
Following this morning’s breakfast, the players set off on a short team-walk which involved crossing the scenic Darul Hana Bridge, a remarkable, 336m-long piece of futuristic architecture whose s-shape design resembles a Yin and Yang sign and which is illuminated in a multitude of different colours after dark.
‘Darul Hana’, by the way, translates to ‘a place of piece and quiet’ in Arabic and the bridge is not, in any way, named after the golden-tressed star of 80s mermaid movie, ‘Splash’!
Ahead of departing for the airport, the players faced a weigh-in and skin-fold testing to check their fitness levels at the end of a trip in which they have been well and truly put through their paces in very challenging conditions.
The two games, it has to be said, have been one-sided affairs, but still very useful exercises in terms of developing continuity and the players’understanding of what the coaching staff require of them.
The second of those games did, of course, dominate Day 7, with the Sarawak State Team providing the opposition at Stadium Negeri.
And it proved to be a night to remember for 17-year-old defender Zayd Farah as he grabbed his two first senior goals in the emphatic 7-0 victory.
Diego Castro also found the net twice as he shone before being withdrawn at half time, while Chok Dau, Fabio Ferreira and Yagoub Mustafa completed the scoring.
The State Team clash means that Glory have now played a total of six games since Tony Popovic took charge and several more are set to be arranged as the pre-season campaign ramps up again once the group arrive back in Perth.
For now, though, a long night of travel, followed by a welcome mini-break beckons for the players.
But before bringing the Malaysia Tour Diary to a close, we’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone here in Sarawak who has made us so welcome.
So our appreciation and best wishes go out to the officials and staff of Sarawak FA and Stadium Negeri, the hotel staff, the guys at The Gym Box fitness centre, Glory Club Advisor Tony Hughes, Sarawak FA Head Coach Ian Gillan, the patients at staff at the Di Dalam Kawasan Hospital and all those countless others who have helped make the trip such a success.
We look forward to continuing to strengthening our relationship with you in the future.
Terima kasih dan selmat tinggal!