BY NIK AFIQ Follow on Twitter
Malaysia U-22 head coach, Frank Bernhardt said that Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) centreback Dominic Tan is important to his team, despite JDT's seeming reluctance to let him join the national squad.
According to Bernhardt, he is stuck in between the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) and JDT in this issue.
When asked about including Tan after his side's training session on Monday, Bernhardt said; “The player himself is really important for this team. He is doing a good job here.”
“Actually I am in standing in the middle of two sides here. There’s one from FAM telling me something, and then there’s the other side telling me something but whatever it is, I have to decide for the team and look for the quality players to play for the team.”
Bernhardt’s Young Tigers are set to face the Brunei senior team on 6th and 8th October and according to him, his main target is to record a win in both matches. The German also insisted that he wants to see the style of play as he has very limited time with the squad, despite having taken over the team for over 10 months already.
“Of course we want to be successful and win, and although I have been with the team for 9-10 months already, but maybe (I've had) only two months of training with them.”
“The league schedules are tight but anyway, they are doing a good job but maybe we have to find solution for both sides.”
When asked about his opinion on his future at FAM after his Malaysia U-19 side's early exit from the AFF U-19 Championship last month, Bernhardt said the team went into the tournament with little preparation.
“People have to realise that we have little preparation versus teams in that tournament. That was the situation against Timor Leste.”
“We had to replace a lot of players because of injuries and suspension. We had totally different defense and we had to change our midfield.”
“We had players that never played together before, and we also missed out five players at home because of the league here. We tried our best but we were unlucky and in the end, it happened like it was,” added Bernhardt.
Malaysia U22 are currently preparing for the 2017 SEA Games and they will play the Brunei senior team in two friendly matches, on the 6th and the 8th of October at the Tuanku Abdul Rahman Stadium, Paroi, Negeri Sembilan.