Asean Para Games: Khairul Anwar nets another long-range goal in 4-2 win over Malaysia

Singapore captain Khairul Anwar in action during the match against Malaysia on Dec 7, 2015.
Singapore captain Khairul Anwar in action during the match against Malaysia on Dec 7, 2015. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

SINGAPORE - A day after meeting English superstar David Beckham, cerebral palsy footballer Khairul Anwar added another long-range stunner to his resume in Singapore's 4-2 win over Malaysia at the Asean Para Games on Monday.

The result was inconsequential as the Causeway rivals are already booked for the bronze play-off game at the National Stadium on Wednesday, at 1pm. Favourites Thailand and defending champions Myanmar will contest the final.

 

That did not deter 29-year-old Khairul from entertaining an effervescent crowd of around 500 at the National Stadium.

 

Given time and space just past the halfway line, his trusty left foot unleashed a looper that dipped just beneath the Malaysian goal.

 

It was the Republic Polytechnic student's fifth goal of the tournament - all from long distance.

Team-mate Shahidil Saidi also impressed with a clinical brace, while Taufiq Baharin capped off the scoring.

Coach Mohamed Zainudeen said: "We rested a few boys who were injured, and so did Malaysia too. I told Khairul to stay back more today. It's difficult to tell players not to play well, he still found a way to score. He's a special player, and meeting Beckham has certainly boosted his confidence."