SEREMBAN – The Selangor team’s 2-0 win over AirAsia All-Star FC yesterday is seen as a shot in the arm for the team to compete in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup.
Chief coach Zainal Abidin Hassan said the stiff match at the Tuanku Abdul Rahman Stadium, Paroi indicated that the team should further spruce up its tactics and avoid being lulled into apathy.
“We had several golden opportunities in the first half but they were not fully utilised. Definitely we want a win and the one tonight is a spirit booster to face the AFC Cup on Tuesday.
“Undeniably, AirAsia All-Star FC had given us a fantastic challenge,” he told reporters here, last night.
This coming Tuesday, Selangor would be facing a team from the Philippines, Ceres La Salle FC in Manila in the AFC Cup.
Commenting on injuries afflicting several Red Giant players prior to this, Zainal said they were not worried as the injured players had shown positive developments and could play in the AFC Cup.
Meanwhile, AirAsia Group Deputy Chief Executive Officer Datuk Kamarudin Meranum, who was also present at the match, said The Red Jets performed very well in the first half but lost their focus in the second half.
“The team played well and gave Selangor a stiff fight. Many expected us to lose badly but we were still capable of giving them a contest.
“We played very well in the first half to contain Selangor’s onslaught. Alas, we lost focus in the second half. Selangor’s second goal was the result of our own mistake,” he said.
Selangor’s two goals were scored by Patrick Ronaldinho Wleh in the 68th minute and Abdul Hadi Yahya, eight minutes later. – BERNAMA