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Being Complacent Can Be Costly - Misbun

KUALA LUMPUR, May 10 (Bernama) -- Malaysian Thomas Cup shuttlers have been warned against being complacent when taking on Japan even though a quarterfinal spot has already been secured.

National singles coach Datuk Misbun Sidek said since Malaysia were awarded a walkover after their Group B opponent, Nigeria, failed to show, the players were not able to see any action to warm themselves up and keep their momentum going.

"Although playing at home, a lapse in concentration can be costly because Japan are still a formidable team and capable of pulling off an upset," he told reporters here Monday.

Malaysia and Japan have already been awarded 5-0 wins respectively and a quarterfinal spot by the Badminton World Federation (BWF), following Nigeria's late arrival, due to flight problems.

Misbun said Malaysia's singles charge would be led by world number one Datuk Lee Chong Wei, Wong Choong Hann (16), Hafiz Hashim (22) and Tan Chun Seang (70) while Japan are expected to field their All-England finalist Kenichi Tago (14), Kazhushi Yamada (30) and Sho Sasaki (40).

Though Tago lost to Chong Wei in the All England final (March), things can be different here, he said.

"Chong Wei's lapse in concentration can change the entire perspective and result of the match," he said.

Meanwhile, Japan head-coach Park Joo Bong said it would be a do-or-die mission for his charges Tuesday.

On paper, he said they have no chance to snatch a point in the men's singles ties but would try to pick a point from the doubles.

However, it would be a disaster if Malaysia's top pair Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong were in their element, said Joo Bong who formed a lethal partnership with Kim Moon-soo to become an all-conquering South Korean pair in the 1990s.

Koo and Tan are the world's number one ranked doubles pair while Malaysia's second doubles are Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif/Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari (20).

"Malaysia's second doubles are inconsistent," he said.

Japan are expected to field their top pair of Noriyasu Hirata/Hirokatsu Hashimoto (13) in the first doubles and Kenichi Hayakawa/Kenta Kazuno (27) in the second doubles.

Source from BERNAMA

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