Last night (Wednesday, 5th June), a friendly football match pitting Harimau Malaya against Hong Kong took place at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium. The home team managed to beat the Hong Kong team 2-0 during the match.
Malaysia managed to score their first goal through Safawi Rashid’s penalty kick, after forward player Akhyar Rashid was felled inside the box by a Hong Kong defender in the 29th minute. However, it was the latter’s reaction after the referee pointed to the spot that got netizens cackling!
The video capturing the priceless moment had since gone viral after it was posted by a TikTok page @redhawks_01. In the clip, Akhyar was seen sticking his tongue out, as his fellow Harimau Malaya teammates tried to help to get him up after colliding with the other player. At the time of writing (Thursday, 2nd June), the video has garnered more than 1.1 million views online.
The TikTok video was also flooded with tons of reactions from avid fans of the local football scene. Many of them were left amused by the 23-year-old footballer’s over the top “acting” as seen in the video. “And I thought his injury was real, but turns out 😛😛,” one commenter responded. Another person said, “I knew it, someone will post this on TikTok.”
Following this match, the players will now put their focus on the AFC Asian Cup 2023 final round qualifying campaign, which kicks off on June 8.
As per The Star, Harimau Malaya will be going against Turkmenistan on that day. They’re also scheduled to face Bahrain on 11th June and Bangladesh (14th June). All the games will be played at the National Stadium.