Datuk Seri Mohamad Norza Zakaria (Bernama file pix)
KUALA LUMPUR, May 15 (Bernama) -- Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Datuk Seri Mohamad Norza Zakaria is confident the national men\'s squad is capable of creating history by emerging as Thomas Cup champions in Bangkok, Thailand this month.
Mohamad Norza stressed that even though the governing body had taken the bold step of featuring a line-up of young and experienced players, he was confident the squad would be able to put their best performance in the team championship scheduled at Impact Arena, Bangkok from May 20 to 27.
"The most important thing for us is the team spirit to bring back the Thomas Cup."
"I believe we could go far, so we are putting a semi-final slot target for the men\'s team and the quarter-finals for the Uber Cup squad," he said at the closing of a motivational camp for the national badminton squads at Academy Badminton Malaysia, Bukit Kiara, here today.
Sharing the same view is Thomas Cup squad captain Datuk Lee Chong Wei who is confident the national squad will be able to put a sterling performance despite fielding several young players in the tournament for the first time.
"We will try our best ..our target is still the semi-finals as stated by the BAM president...but anything can happen so we are prepared to go the extra mile mentally and physically."
"The squad is quite different this time except for me and doubles Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong and I think the decision to send young players is a good move," said Chong Wei who would be playing his last Thomas Cup, after making his debut in the series in 2006 in Japan.....