Ivan Kolev not satisfied with performance despite win against Persibo

The Yangon United coach claims his side played poorly in the first half, while counterpart Gusnul Yakin believes his team would have done better if they had a full squad

A hat-trick from Adama Kone sealed all three points for Yangon United in their AFC Cup opener as they beat Indonesian side Persibo Bojonegoro 3-0 at the Thuwanna YTC Stadium on Tuesday night.

Speaking after the match, Persibo coach Gusnul Yakin conceded defeat but felt that things could have been different if he had a full squad available to him.

“Today we lost [the] game, and Yangon had many good players, but [in the] second leg we will try to win at home," he said.

"I am very happy for [our] first half performance, but we had only one substitute on the bench. We registered 25 players for the AFC Cup but some local players did not have their passports and two foreign players didn’t get their visas in time.

“We don’t want to give any reasons for the loss but we believe if we can play the full squad, we can do better than this performance.” 

Despite the convincing win, Yangon coach Ivan Kolev was not happy with certain aspects of his side's showing.

“The game is very important for Yangon United and I am not satisfied with our performance," he stated.

"In the first half, our performance was very bad. Persibo played a 5-4-1 formation, so we had to change [our] formation and some tactics in the second half.

“We only had two days to prepare for the match and we have [experienced] some tension and pressure because this is our first match.”

Persibo will next host Maldives side New Radiant on March 12 at the Manahan Stadium in Surakarta while Yangon will travel to Hong Kong to take on Sunray Cave JC Sun Hei at the Mong Kok Stadium.