KUALA LUMPUR – Harimau Muda (national under-22 squad) lost 0-1 to Indonesia’s U-23 squad in a friendly match at the Gelora Delta Sidoarjo Stadium in Surabaya, Indonesia yesterday.
The solitary goal was scored by Paulo Oktavianus Sitanggang in the 36th minute of the match which was broadcast live on Indonesian television network RCTI.
The friendly was part coach Razip Ismail’s preparation for the squad before the commencement of the Singapore S-League 2015 early next month besides getting ready for the qualifying round for the 2016 U-23 Asian Football Confederation Cup which will be held at the Shah Alam Stadium from Mar 27-31.
Malaysia are drawn in Group I along with Japan, Vietnam and Macau.
They will begin their campaign against Vietnam on Mar 27, before taking on Macau on Mar 29, and finally Japan two days later.
Forty-three teams from all over Asia will play in the qualifying round to compete for 15 slots in the finals which will take place in Qatar in January 2016. – BERNAMA