Malaysia Under-23 head coach Datuk Ong Kim Swee has accepted the defeat to rivals Indonesia, and believes there are more positive things to look at, rather than being too negative about the result.
Kim Swee said that the players had given their best throughout the game and the competition, and they should not be blamed despite failing to convert the penalty kicks.
Speaking after the game, OKS said “Do not put the blame on Thamil and Saad for missing their penalty kicks. The responsibility is mine, and you have to remember, we are without seven key players in the tournament, and if not for them, we wouldn’t (have) got here in the first place.”
Ong Kim Swee also gave credit to his players and believed that when it comes to penalties, anything can happen in football.
“First half we did not show our true potential but we played better in the second half and we fought hard. However anything can happen when it’s a penalty. We won against them last time out, but this time they beat us. We couldn’t play our injured players, but those who stepped up did well,” he added.
Old enemy Indonesia shattered Malaysia’s dream of retaining the gold medal in this year’s SEA Games after a 1-1 stalemate in the 120 minutes playing time saw the Young Tigers get kicked out through a penalty shoot-out.