KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 18 The huge support expected for Harimau Malaya in the match against Indonesia at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil tomorrow night for the second qualifying round for World Cup 2022 / Asian Cup 2023, has clearly not rattle Indonesia’s temporary manager Yeyen Tumena.
The former Indonesian national player who took over from Simon McMenemy after his sacking by the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) recently, is confident that the Garuda would be able to play well despite the pressure.
Tumena revealed that even though the Scotland-born manager is no longer with the Garuda, he did share some useful inputs during the team’s training session.
“With the stadium being packed and facing the home team, I think this is a positive thing because in Indonesia, we are accustomed to playing before a huge crowd at all levels.
“The pressure from Malaysian supporters would spur our players on,” he told a pre-match press conference at the venue today.
Tumena said the presence of a number of new faces encouraged him to plot the best strategy against Malaysia.
The former Indonesian national player is optimistic the Garuda could rise to the occasion and chalk up its first victory after four defeats in the qualifying round.
For the record, Indonesia lost 2-3 to Malaysia, 0-3 and 0-5 to Thailand and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) respectively, and succumbed to Group G leaders Vietnam 1-3 in Hanoi on Nov 15.
“We have not raked in any points, which means we have to improve our game. The pressure is always there, regardless, we will face it head-on like we always do, Tumena said.
Sharing his spirit and sentiment is Indonesian defender Yanto Basna who is looking for a win against Malaysia. He realised it would be a tall order, given Malaysia’s positive results in recent matches.
The Thai Premier League defender who plays for Sukhothai FC, felt that the squad had been highly motivated since they arrived here on Nov 12 to prepare for the match.
Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)