BY NIK AFIQ Follow on Twitter
The Brunei national team assistant head coach, Ali Mustafa said their 2-0 defeat to Malaysia U22 was a good game for them to evaluate the players, before their AFF Suzuki Cup qualifying campaign starts.
Two goals from Syafiq Ahmad in the second half gave the victory to the hosts, and Ali said they have identified several weaknesses to improve the squad.
Speaking after the game, Ali said: “Tonight, our players couldn’t perform well and we did not score from the chances that we had in the first half”
“Whatever it is, we will try to fix our weaknesses before we go into the AFF Qualifying campaign later.”
Ali also stated that they were able to evaluate players for the national team's first eleven, and they are also determined to improve on their defence.
“We managed to evaluate the players that can be in the first eleven in the future. We will try to improve, especially in defence because we conceded two goals from set pieces.”
“We need to field as many players as possible so that we can see which players can play well, and right now we’re looking to find the right rythm for the squad before the AFF Suzuki Cup.
“The game was beneficial for us because we can identify our weaknesses and the players also played with great determination.”
Ali also stated that they brought their U22 players with the senior team so that the young players can learn and develop themselves for the future.
Both teams will meet again for another friendly match on Saturday at the same venue; the Tuanku Abdul Rahman Stadium.