Indonesia players and staffs acknowledged that they still have much room for improvement after Wednesday evening’s insipid performance against Timor Leste.
Captain Elie Aiboy, who was impressive throughout the match with his attacking play, wants the team to improve in terms of their finishing.
“As team captain, I can say that maybe we weren't our best today, but I am positive that we can give our best at the AFF Cup,” Aiboy admitted.
“Although we had plenty of chances, we didn't convert them, that's football. I will try harder in the next few weeks before the AFF Cup, so we can do better."
Despite the sub-par performance, head coach Nil Maizar was happy he could experiment with his squad, and is looking forward to further assessing his side with his last friendly against Cameroon’s second-string next week before the Suzuki Cup commences.
“During the first half we weren't organized, but nevertheless we have to give it our best to see their potential, so I tried all the players today," he said.
"Hopefully from this match we can get an idea of the best line-up.
“This is the first time that I experimented with [three new] naturalized players. There's one more match before the AFF [against Cameroon B on the November 16th] and hopefully we can give our best at the AFF Cup.
“I'm glad that Jhon van Beukering managed to get an assist. Hopefully within the next week we can maximize more on him.
“I had to change many players considering that we have another friendly against Cameroon in two days. So far I know their strengths and tomorrow I will prepare something for the team.”
Timor Leste on the other hand were pleased with their own performance, and believed that they will be a force to reckon with in the future, with their coach Emerson Alcantara looking to prepare for the South East Asian (SEA) Games next year.
“We started better than them and tt was a good experience for us,” said Timor’s captain Jesse Fernando.
“Although we lost, it's a big achievement for Timor Leste because we normally would lose big to Indonesia, and we wanted to achieve something today."
Indonesia are in Group B in the AFF Suzuki Cup, together with hosts Malaysia, Singapore and Laos.