Saturday, May 14, 2016

Nat U16 on right track

The National Under 16 team are on the right track towards gaining international exposure.

With the bulk of the players playing in their first overseas tournament, their ability to match their more physical opponents has warned the heart of coach Nor Saiful Zaini Nasiruddin.

Malaysia played the German National Under 16 team in a friendly on Thursday  and lost 2-0.

It was the lack of experience that clearly showed as Malaysia dominated play, awarded five penalty corners as opposed to Germany who had only one.

"Our  aim of coming here is to give players first experience about playing the game at international level," said Saiful when contacted in Germany.

" Overall I am happy with the performace plus players showed confidence playing at the international level

" We played more aggressively compared to the Germans who are physically bigger.

" Though we created chances, their keeper was on song and our poor finishing cost us the game."

The team is being prepared for the 2020 Junior World Cup and will play in the Wishun Cup in Mannheim 

Malaysia open their campaign against Germany on Saturday