Pan Gon praises Malaysia's quality in win over Philippines
Harimau Malaya recorded a 2-0 win over the Philippines in a friendly match at the National Stadium in Singapore yesterday. - NSTP/K. Rajan
KUALA LUMPUR: South Korean Kim Pan Gon has credited teamwork for Malaysia's winning start under his reign as national football coach.
Harimau Malaya recorded a 2-0 win over the Philippines in a friendly match at the National Stadium in Singapore yesterday.
Winger Akhyar Rashid was the toast of the Malaysian team, scoring a brace in the third and 24th minute.
Malaysia could have won the match with a bigger margin as the team missed a few goal chances especially in a dominant first half.
"In the last one week in the training camp, the players gave their best efforts.
"I appreciate their performance, they worked really hard," said Pan Gon in the post-match press conference.
"The Malaysian players have quality, they should have confidence because they are good enough.
"He (Akhyar) was good as well, we as a team too. Everyone played well.
"Dion (Cools) came from Europe and had a very short time to fit in with the team."
The Philippines coach, Ernest Nierras, said the Malaysian side played with much more confidence but his team were without several Covid-positive players.
"We didn't have much time to prepare for this match.
"We were impatient in the first half. We were not in the shape we were supposed to be in the first half. Communication was lacking.
"The Malaysian team had more confidence with the ball and they were more patient."
Harimau Malaya will next play Singapore on Saturday before taking on S-League side Albirex Niigata on Monday.