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Thanabalan is Malaysia’s son, says mother of SEA Games football hero

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SEREMBAN: Malaysians are waiting with bated breath for tonight’s football final between Malaysia and Thailand, which will determine who gets the mother of all gold medals at the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games (KL2017).

N Thanabalan’s mother, V Thiru Sundari, 52, said when she was watching Saturday’s match between Malaysia and Indonesia, she was nervous when the opponents frequently pressured the Malaysian defence area.

“When the goal was scored, I did not know that my son had sent the ball into the opposition’s net until several minutes later when the stadium was filled with shouts of ‘Thanabalan, Thanabalan’.

“He is not my son, he is the son of Malaysia because the goal produced was not due to his efforts alone but due to the cooperation of the whole Malaysian team,” she told Bernama during a visit at her home here yesterday.

Thanabalan’s father, S Nadarajah, played an important role in the career of the national hero, unearthing the footballer’s talent and training him from his childhood every week at the field of Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil, Sungai Gadut, near here….

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