SHAH ALAM – Papua New Guinea head coach Flemming Serritslev blasted the match
referee for a dubious decision against his team during a Class A international
friendly at the Shah Alam Stadium here last night.
Papua New Guinea who were leading 1-0 eventually lost 1-2 after the referee
awarded a penalty in the 47th minute when both teams were tied 1-1.
Serritslev however, praised his boys for putting up a splendid performance
“Football allows you to make shoulder-to-shoulder contacts but I do not
know what happened to the referee who certainly made a biased decision against
“Nevertheless, I should praise the Malaysian team who were much prepared
compared to their (0-2) defeat to our team in a friendly match in June,” the
Danish coach said.
Skipper Amri Yahyah scored from the spot to give Malaysia victory.
Despite the win, head coach Datuk Ong Kim Swee was not pleased with the
performance level of his players since they would be facing tough teams in the
AFF Suzuki Cup which kicks off in Yangon, Myanmar on Sunday.
Malaysia face Cambodia in their opening Group B match on Sunday.
“If today’s match is used to gauge the performance of the players, much work
is needed…we are still making numerous mistakes that opponents can
capitalise,” he told reporters after the match.
In yesterday’s match, a lapse in concentration by the defenders saw Papua New
Guinea take the lead in the 6th minute through but Ahmad Hazwan Bakri levelled
the score in the 20th minute before Amri’s winner.