Malaysia U15 head coach chastises individual mistakes in opening win

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Malaysia U15 boss Raja Azlan Shah saw a number of errors in his boys' performance, despite their 2-0 win over Philippines U15.

BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter

Although his Malaysia U15 charges opened their 2017 U15 AFF Championship campaign with a 2-0 win over Philippines U15 in the group stage, head coach Raja Azlan Shah is still not satisfied with their performance.

The Young Tigers boss chastised the individual errors committed by his boys, although he praised their attitude and doggedness.

"Praise God, the match went our way and we defeated the Philippines 2-0. In general I am not satisfied with the performance. We went ahead in the first half through team captain Zikri, we controlled the game but some players committed minor errors, although they can be rectified (in the next games).

"But their attitude and fighting spirit were exemplary, and they were highly confident and we can do better in the next games. And when Ikhwan doubled the lead in the second half, our confidence grew even more and we dominated until the final whistle," explained Azlan after the match.

Goalkeeper Abdul Alim Al-Amri Ali meanwhile commended his defence, while asking Malaysia strikers to improve on their finishing in the following matches.

"Today our attack was a little lacking and our finishing was not clinical. I hope in the next matches we can work on our finishing.

"The defenders deserve praise for staying composed and organised. I hope we will win our next match as well," said the young custodian.

In the match that was held at the IPE Chonburi Campus Stadium 2 on Monday, Ahmad Zikri Khalili opened the scoring at the stroke of halftime, before Ikhwan Hafizo doubled the Young Tigers' lead in the 54th minute.

Malaysia have been drawn in Group B in the tournament that is hosted in Chonburi, Thailand, alongside Vietnam, Brunei, Timor-Leste, Cambodia and the Philippines.

The Young Tigers' remaining matches are: Timor Leste (July 12), Brunei (July 14), Vietnam (July 16) and Cambodia (July 18). The top two finishers in the group will qualify for the semis.