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Australia urges Thailand to release detained refugee footballer

Pakistan played their first match in over three years
Hakeem al-Araibi plays for a team in Australia's Victoria State league.

The Australian government has called for an Australian-based refugee footballer to be released from detention in Thailand immediately.

Hakeem al-Araibi was detained in Bangkok in November on an Interpol warrant issued at the request of Bahrain.

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said on Sunday she had raised the matter with her Thai counterpart, Don Pramudwinai, requesting that 25-year-old Al-Araibi be allowed to fly back to Melbourne as soon as possible.

He plays for a team in the Victoria...

Adisak Kraisorn's nightmare miss sends Malaysia into dreamland

Adisak Kraisorn had a chance late in stoppage time to send Thailand to the AFF Cup final, but he skied his effort and saw Malaysia progress to the final.

Semifinals are inherently exciting. But there is drama, and then there is drama.

Thailand striker Adisak Kraisorn had already scored eight goals in the 2018 AFF Cup ahead of the second leg of the semifinal in Bangkok --more than the whole team of visitors Malaysia combined. Yet when he looks back at the tournament, the soon-to-be confirmed Golden Boot winner will not be able to see past the last second of the last game.

After 180 minutes of action, the scoreline was 2-2. As all goals came in Bangkok,...

Malaysia 'will experience a nightmare' in AFF Cup semi second leg in Thailand - Chatchai Budprom

Thailand goalkeeper Chatchai Budprom has warned Malaysia that they are in for a "nightmare" in the second leg of the 2018 AFF Cup semifinal in Bangkok on Wednesday.

Saturday's first leg ended 0-0 in Kuala Lumpur, though Malaysia were very much in the ascendancy, creating and missing chance after chance against the sluggish defending champions.

While Malaysia arrive in Thailand in confident mood -- though unhappy about the initial training facilities provided -- the Thai No. 1 asserted that the second...

Malaysia travel to Thailand knowing an AFF Cup upset is well within their reach

Sir Alex Ferguson once reflected that one of the ways modern football differed from its predecessor was that a 0-0 first leg away result in Europe was no longer seen as a good one. The past focus on keeping a clean sheet above all else was slowly replaced by the conviction that returning home without an away goal was a cause for concern.

So it should be that Malaysia will be feeling a little happier than Thailand after the goalless first leg of the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup semifinal in Kuala Lumpur on...


Malaysia, Singapore fall to record lows in FIFA rankings

Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson discuss the new rule that will make S.League sides more youthful and examine the future of the national team.

Singapore and Malaysia have slipped to new lows in the latest FIFA rankings after both endured a miserable 2017.

Neither side won a fixture last year, as they fell out of contention for a place at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

This performance was reflected in the updated list, which saw both countries drop one more spot to establish new all-time lows.

Singapore now sit in 173rd place, while the Harimau Malaya are two places beneath them at 175.

The rankings stress the scale of the task facing Malaysia's...