|FROM BUKIT JALIL STADIUM
By Khalis Rifhan
After drawing their AFF Suzuki Cup opener against Laos last Sunday, the odds were not for Indonesia as they had never beaten Singapore in the competition before.
But coach Nil Maizar's shrewd tactics and strategy paid off as they defended well and exposed Singapore’s weakness throughout the game.
Nil was beaming as he attended the post-match conference.
"Thank God for a good result, I'm proud of my players, their good spirit and performance," said the under-fire coach.
"It is a good motivation for us for the next game.
“I can’t say whether I had wanted to win 1-0 or 2-0. This is all up to God.”
Indonesia will be up against co-host Malaysia next and Nil was not sure how their next opponents will fare against Laos but hoped results will be in his favour: “The situation is now interesting and I won’t know about Laos’ next game. Hopefully this situation is beneficial for us.”
Nil had tinkered with his line-up and left several players out of the second game and replaced seniors during the match.
“I do not want to belittle the players," he added.
"They're all the same, and they'll get opportunities based on their performance.
“The only motivation is to win the trophy, as a team we want to win this. It was not luck, we fought hard and we won this time round."