U-22 squad have big potential, but need more time - Bernhardt

Frank Bernhardt said that the current Malaysia U-22 side have a big future ahead of them, but he needs more time to train the players.

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Malaysia U-22 head coach, Frank Bernhardt has praised the performance of his team after they succesfully defeated the senior Brunei national team in their two friendlies.

The Young Tigers defeated Brunei 2-0 in the first match on Thursday, courtesy of Syafiq Ahmad’s brace.

The two teams met again on Saturday, and Syafiq once again became the hero when his 10th-minute goal helped them to a 1-0 win.

Bernhardt expressed his satisfaction with the team’s performance, and believed that his current team have a big potential to excel in the future.

According to the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) website, Bernhardt said: “The two games against Brunei are very good for us because the opponents had plenty of big players, physically, which is similar to the opponents that we will face in SEA Games later.”

“What we have here is a team with a very big potential, but I still can’t gather the best team because of injuries and because some of them are with the senior squad.”

Bernhardt also insisted that he needs more time with the players, although he has been together with the team for the last eight to nine months.

“Yes, I’ve been here since eight, nine months ago but the truth is, I’ve only been with the squad for eight to nine weeks. The longest time I trained them was during the Ramadhan month.”

“If we’re in Germany, even though they only follow the training schedule according to the FIFA calendar, they can still be good. But we are not Germany, and we need more time to be with the players,” added Bernhardt.

Bernhardt was appointed as the Young Tigers head coach by FAM last December, with the main objective of winning the football gold medal at the 2017 SEA Games.


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