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The previous Under-23 friendly clash between Indonesia and Singapore ended in a 1-1 draw

Indonesia U23 coach Rahmad reveals strategy against Singapore to players

The previous Under-23 friendly clash between Indonesia and Singapore ended in a 1-1 draw

Guntur Nugroho

The two Southeast Asian nations will clash again in a friendly as they size each other up ahead of the year-end SEA Games having drawn 1-1 in an earlier game

Indonesia Under-23 coach Rahmad Darmawan has revealed that he will be deploying a conservative style of football when they meet their Singapore counterparts in a friendly match at the Jalan Besar Stadium on July 13.

The Young Garuda began training on Wednesday and will only bring 18 players to the city state for the match as several players are still not able to join the squad due to club commitments. 

“I would like my boys to dominate possession and the strategy and formation will depend on the opponent that we are facing," Rahmad said.

“For the match against Singapore, we will be making use of the 4-3-2-1 formation.

“There are a few players that we have called up but are not able to join us: three players from Parsidafon and two from Persisam. As a result, we will only be bringing a maximum of 18 players to Singapore.

“Today [Wednesday], we had a light training session and introduced the game plan to the players.

“Due to the limited time, we will only be having one more training session here [at Halim Perdanakusuma].” 

Rahmad had previously revealed his list of players for this match and stated that he was eager to find out the strength of the Singapore side ahead of the SEA Games, which will take place in Naypidaw, Myanmar in December.

This is the second friendly match between the two sides after they met a month ago in Solo, Indonesia, with the match ending in a 1-1 draw.

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