Indonesia U23 coach Rahmad: Singapore play effective football

The visitors fell to defeat despite being arguably the better side in their friendly, and the Young Garuda coach acknowledged they paid for failing to take their chances

Following their 1-0 loss to the Singapore Under-23 side on Saturday at the Jalan Besar Stadium, Indonesia coach Rahmad Darmawan acknowledged that his team still lack the firepower needed upfront to bang in the goals.

“We played not bad today and in the first half, many times our players made quite a number of unnecessary fouls, including [giving away] the penalty and freekick," he said.

“In the second half the players played well and we had many chances but this is football, sometimes we just could not score.”

The Arema Indonesia coach gave credit to his opponents' style of play, which was enough to secure the win. 

“Congratulations to the Singapore team: they played effectively and [from] one situation, they scored,” Rahmad said.

“I think Singapore is a strong team in defence and they always try to attack from long passes and counter attack from their left and right wing.” 

While the hosts scored the match-winner courtesy of a Shahfiq Ghani penalty in the first half, the Indonesians were denied one in the second half by referee Sukhbir Singh.

“It is the same situation as when Singapore was awarded the penalty, but the referee made the decision and we must respect it," Rahmad claimed.

“But that is really a penalty [for us because] one of the Singapore defenders pushed our player.”

This is the second friendly between the two teams, with the first ending in a 1-1 draw a month ago in Solo, as both sides prepare themselves for the year-end SEA Games in Naypidaw, Myanmar.