Indonesia's under-22 national football team head coach Luis Milla Aspas said his side must focus on winning the final game of the group stages in the 2017 SEA Games against Cambodia on Thursday (24/08) to advance into the knockout phase. (Antara Photo/Wahyu Putro A.)
Coach Milla Asks Players to Just Concentrate on Beating Cambodia on Thursday
BY :AMAL GANESHA
AUGUST 24, 2017
Jakarta. Indonesia's under-22 national football team head coach Luis Milla Aspas said his side must focus on winning the final game of the group stages in the 2017 SEA Games against Cambodia on Thursday (24/08) to advance into the knockout phase.
Vietnam currently tops Group B with 10 points and an eleven goal surplus, while Thailand has collected 10 points and a six goal difference. Indonesia is in third place with eight points after scoring five and conceding one goal in four matchs.
Indonesia must defeat Cambodia and hope that Vietnam or Thailand plays to defeat each other.
The winner of Group B will face Myanmar, the runner-up from Group A, while the team that places second in Group B will face the winner of Group A, Malaysia.
"Milla reminded us that we just have to concentrate on winning. If we score the first goal, then we have to think about the second goal, the third goal and so on," Milla's assistant Bima Sakti said.
"Milla also said that Cambodia is a good team, we don't want to lose respect for them. They must not want to lose," he added.
Cambodia has recorded zero wins at this year's SEA Games and only managed to score one goal in four outings.
Indonesia will not play its left-back Rezaldi Hehanusa due to a card suspension, and there is speculation that he might be replaced by natural right-back Putu Gede Juni Antara, who will be forced to play on the left side.
"I played at left-back several times, so it wouldn't be a problem," Putu said.
Putu said the last game versus Vietnam was a near-death experience when he and his teammates defended with only 10 men, while the attacks were repeatedly coming. Indonesia held Vietnam 0-0 in that contest.
"The draw was appreciated by most of us. It was a struggle," he said.
Indonesia's football team has not won gold at any SEA Games since 1991. In 2013, Indonesia claimed silver after losing 1-0 to Thailand in the finals.