2015 Asean Para Games: Day 6

Asean Para Games: Khairul lands another stunner

Khairul Anwar trying a long-range shot against Malaysia yesterday. The Singapore captain netted once in the 4-2 win, taking his tally to five goals in the tournament.
Khairul Anwar trying a long-range shot against Malaysia yesterday. The Singapore captain netted once in the 4-2 win, taking his tally to five goals in the tournament.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

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.

Yesterday's round-robin encounter, however, was inconsequential as the Causeway rivals are already booked for today's bronze play-off.

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, he used his trusted left foot to unleash an unerring shot that dipped just beneath the Malaysian goal.

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

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.

"I told Khairul to stay back more today. It's difficult to tell players not to go all out - he still found a way to score.

"He's a special player."

Sanjay Nair

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 08, 2015, with the headline 'Khairul lands another stunner'. Print Edition | Subscribe