Coaches of both Indonesia and Laos were left satisfied after Group B’s opening game ended all square in Bukit Jalil
Although his team could not collect full points against underdogs Laos, coach Nil Maizar was full of praise for the effort put in by the Indonesian players.
Speaking at the post-match press conference, Nil said: “I'm proud of my players tonight despite only drawing with Laos. But I hope we can improve our performance in the second match against Singapore.”
“We came here with a lot of inexperienced players. However, I'm still proud with their efforts today.”
Realising the task lying ahead, Nil added: “I will hold an official meeting with the whole team after this to discuss what we should do in the next match.”
Kokichi Kimura, Laos’ Japanese coach was not only happy with the result, but also the tactical discipline displayed by his charges.
“I think we played very good today, Indonesia isn’t a weak team," said the visibly delighted coach.
"They have a lot of great players, but my players did their job very well. Tactically, they understood what I wanted during the game."
When asked about their upcoming match against the hosts, Kimura responded: “I have to say that our next game against Malaysia would be very hard because they will play in front of their huge fans in the stadium.”
“I saw Malaysia’s game in Vietnam few weeks ago. Despite the loss, I think they have great tactics, and I'm sure it would be a tough game for us.”