Striker Faizal Saari turned hero from zero as his goal separated Malaysia and South Africa in the Azlan Shah Stadium tonight.

Faizal, who is now Malaysia's number one penalty corner specialist following the shoulder injury suffered by Mohd Razie Rahim, squandered the majority of the 10 penalty corners Malaysia were awarded in the match.


but ironically it was from the tenth penalty corner, which had to be improvised following a poor stop that Faizal picked up the ball, weaved past three tackles to drive the ball home in the 64th minute which eventually turned out to be the winner.

Malaysia had to play the final 5 minutes with 10 players as Fitri, the younger brother of Faizal was yellow carded, but the youngsters, helped on by a few seniors held on to register a morale boosting win.

Malaysia had taken the lead when youngster Shahril Saabah, lurking at the far post, had the final touch to lead 1-0 in the 10th minute.

South Africa drew level from their second penalty corner in the 16th minute via a Jethro Eustice penalty corner.

The two teams were tied 1-1 at halftime.

Malaysia nudged ahead through Rashid Baharom who scored from an acute angle in the 42nd minute only for Eustice drawing South Africa level in the 57th minute.

it was heading for a draw until Faizal finally found his scoring touch.