Dollah: Loss of focus cost us

Thailand lost 2-3 to Malaysia in the second leg of the final after gaining a 2-0 advantage in the first leg at Rajamangala National Stadium in Bangkok on Wednesday to emerge as champions with a 4-3 aggregate.

"As I said earlier, the players could only last 70 minutes and later lost their directions resulting in Thailand dominating the rest of the game," he told reporters after the final.

Dollah said that considering the short time that he had to prepare the team for the event he was satisfied with their performance.

"I only got about a month to prepare and the success of beating Thailand tonight is a bonus to me. If given more time, I could have made a more detailed preparation," said the coach.

Sharing his view was striker Mohd Amri Yahyah. "I'm grateful that we reached the final despite our short preparation period. We lost because of the away goal rule was in effect. All players have shown their highest commitment in each game," said Yahyah.

Thailand coach Kiatisuk Senamuang was happy that they managed to win and becoming the first individual to taste success as a player and also as a coach.

"I want to thank the fans and players (for this victory). Before we came here, we had a two-goal advantage, but after trailing 0-3 in the first half, I had a different feeling.

"During the break, I told my players to fight their way back and they managed to do so. I'm proud with all the players for not giving up," Kiatisuk added.

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