Kwon promises to keep fighting
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Kwon Oh-son has promised to keep fighting at the AFC Under-23 Championship qualifiers in Yangon, Myanmar.
Despite losing both their Group F games, 3-0 to hosts Myanmar last night and 2-0 to Australia on Wednesday, Brunei’s head coach is confident the team will put up a better showing in their final game against Singapore tomorrow (at 4.30pm Brunei time).
“First of all, congratulations to Myanmar,” Kwon was quoted as saying on the AFC website.
“Our game and playing skills did improve but Myanmar have more experienced players and several key players who were running the game.
“Hopefully our players will learn from this experience. We will fight even harder in our last match (against Singapore tomorrow) and it is still a great opportunity for us as a team to gain this kind of international experience.
“We promise to deliver a better performance in the SEA Games (in which the same team will be playing). We will learn from our mistakes and improve and learn for our future,” he added.
Despite resting four players, Myanmar still had enough in their tank to beat Brunei at the Thuwunna Stadium last night.
Nyein Chan Aung opened the scoring in the 20th minute and defender Naing Lin Tun made it 2-0 just before the break, with Chan Aung netting again in the 61st minute.
The win puts Myanmar and Australia – who thrashed Singapore 7-0 in yesterday’s other game – both on six points from two wins, with the final Group F game between the two sides tomorrow set to decide the group winners.
The qualifiers comprise of 40 teams from across Asia divided into 10 groups, and the 10 group winners and five best second-placed teams will progress to next year’s AFC Under-23 Championship in China from January 9-27.
Despite last night’s win, Myanmar head coach Gerd Zeise admitted his team is still a work in progress.
“Of course, we could have scored more goals. But in the first half, we played too slow to give Brunei more problems,” Zeise was quoted as saying on the AFC website.
“In the second half, it sometimes got a little better, but I basically expected more movement and ball circulation from my team.
“With the four changes we did in comparison to the first 11 in our match against Singapore (Myanmar beat Singapore 2-0 on Friday), it is clear that there is some sand in the gear box… That there are some problems.
“For further preparation, we have to think what we do. It won’t be so easy for me to sleep tonight (Friday).
“We need to find a way to be an equal opponent to Australia. They basically have 2 A teams, the second they showed today as they appeared with 10 new players in their starting squad.”