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'Some players are here to go shopping' - Tsukitate questions Timor-Leste charges' commitment

9:25 AM GMT+4 10/06/2019
Norio Tsukitate, Joao Pedro, Timor-Leste, Tan Cheng Hoe, Matthew Davies, Malaysia, 10062019
Timor-Leste boss Norio Tsukitate has questioned his charges' level of professionalism in their World Cup/Asian Cup play-off tie against Malaysia.

BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter

Having seen his side fall to a 7-1 defeat to Malaysia in their first leg World Cup/Asian Cup qualifier first round play-off match on Friday, Timor-Leste boss Norio Tsukitate has admitted that their focus for the return leg is on themselves.

"Our only focus is on our own performance, and not on Malaysia," responded the Japanese trainer to a question by Goal in the pre-match press conference on Monday.

"We want to do our best, that's all."

He was clearly unhappy with his players' commitment in the first leg hammering.

"The young players now have experience playing in international 'A' matches, which should help them in the SEA (Southeast Asian) Games and other competitions.

"Some players understand this but there are those who are more difficult; 'I want to go Malaysia to go shopping and buy new shoes'. This is a bad mentality, although it has improved somewhat," spoke Tsukitate candidly.

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