PHNOM PENH: Malaysia’s Under-22 (U-22) squad will continue with their attacking style of play for their AFC U-22 Championship Group B match against Indonesia at the Olympic Stadium here tomorrow evening (Wednesday).
National youth coach Ong Kim Swee explained that two tactical aspects will be prioritised against the Indonesians, which is to attack and focus on doubling up when defending to avoid conceding any goals.
“From what I see, we do not just have to defend but we also need to go on the offensive if we want to score goals especially since we need to get the win.
“There are no specific plans for a defensive system or approach, and our style of play before this has never been solely to defend all out,” he said when met after training at the AIA field here earlier today (Tuesday).
Malaysia must get three points against their next opponents Indonesia if they are to stand a chance of advancing to the semi-finals of the championship aftert going down 1-0 to Cambodia in their first match yesterday (Monday).
Speaking on the team’s first-eleven, the 49-year-old coach will have to carry out some changes as two stalwarts, namely R. Kogileswaran and Danial Haqim Draman will be out of contention due to injury and suspension respectively.
“For sure there will be some changes where we are having problems, such as in midfield where R. Kogileswaran and Danial Haqim Draman will not be able to be fielded.
“However we have able layers who can fill the void left by the two players and I believe that they will be able to do a good job nonetheless,” stressed Kim Swee.