Kim Swee: Indonesia showed they are better than us

Malaysia coach Ong Kim Swee was less than impressed with his side’s performance after they were hammered 3-0 by Indonesia in an international friendly on Tuesday.

Malaysia conceded all three goals in the space of 22 minutes, with Indonesia captain Boaz Solossa grabbing a brace, while Irfan Bachdim also found the back of the net.

Malaysia went into the match with a weakened squad, with Safiq Rahim, S. Kunanlan, Aidil Zafuan and Amirulhadi Zainal, having retired from international duty in July, while six players – Izham Tarmizi Roslan, Junior Eldstal, Fazly Mazlan, Mahalli Jasuli; Shahrom Kalam and Christie Jayaseelan – were injured.

Despite this, the 45-year-old conceded he was surprised at how easily Indonesia dismantled his side as the Garuda had not played international football for a year due to a FIFA ban for government interference.

“For the Indonesian team this is pretty amazing. They haven’t played for a long time,” Kim Swee said. “They wanted to prove they were better and the result showed they were indeed better.”

Meanwhile, Indonesian coach Alfred Riedl was ecstatic with his side’s ruthless display and admitted that they were “very good” in the first half.

Riedl also said that his players “have worked very hard” before adding “we still have a lot of homework in the future, we will keep getting better”.

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