Kuala Lumpur: The Malaysian men’s badminton team has been drawn in Group C alongside with Taiwan and Singapore for the 2020 Badminton Asia Team Championships that will be held in Manila, Philippines, from 11 to 16 of February.
The Malaysian men’s team spearheaded by World No. 14 men’s singles player Lee Zii Jia, has high chance of at least advance to the knock out stage.
Taiwan is undoubtedly Malaysia’s top obstacle to emerge champion in Group C, as they featured World No. 2 men’s singles player Chou Tien Chen, together with World No. 7 men’s doubles pair Lee Yang/Wang Chi Lin.
However, the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) Coaching Director, Wong Choong Hann was confident that Malaysia is capable of winning the group.
“It is true that they have better singles and men’s doubles than us, but I think we are able to create lot of surprises,” said Wong.
In regards to another team in Group C, Malaysia should have no problem in defeating the neighboring country, which relied solely on Penang-born siblings Loh Kean Yew and Loh Ken Hean.
Singapore has sent total of eight players who aged 20 and younger to the tournament. If Malaysia could repeat its 2018 achievement at the Badminton Asia Team Championships by entering the semi-finals of the tournament, Malaysia will qualify for the Thomas Cup competition on merits without relying on its world team ranking.
Even if Malaysia loses in the quarterfinals, Malaysia would still have a good chance of playing in the Thomas Cup based on its World team rankings.
Meanwhile, the Malaysian women’s squad also expected to be able to advance to the quarterfinals, after being selected in Group W with defending champions Japan and Hong Kong.
The Malaysian women’s team should take advantage of the unstable performance from the Hong Kong team if they wanted to emerge runners-up in Group W.