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Hodak reveals his and Malaysia U-19’s future after “naive” defeat – football news


BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter


With Malaysia’s campaign in the 2018 AFC U-19 Championship coming to an end after a meek 2-0 defeat to China on Friday, head coach Bojan Hodak will now turn his attention towards building the next iteration of the team.

Needing to beat China while hoping that Saudi Arabia defeat Tajikistan in the other Group D match, Hodak’s charges failed to take the chance, despite the Saudis eventually trouncing the Tajikistanis 3-1.

Commenting on the defeat, the Croatian chalked down the loss to his team’s naivety, fatigue and inability to perform under pressure.

“In overall, we have been very naive for this level of competition. You need to score from the few chances you’d get, as the opposition would not give you more than that. We conceded goals naively as well. In the 43rd minute, my boys should have ended the first half at 0-0. Instead they rushed things, lost the ball, and conceded. And this is the third match in six days, it wasn’t possible to play with high-intensity all the time. 

“China did not score in their first two games and tonight they’ve scored two goals, and it’s because tonight they played without pressure, having already been eliminated,” explained Hodak.

But he also asked that the early exit be put in perspective by the media and the fans, so that future success and consistency can be built from the finals appearance.

“We’ve got the maximum out of this generation, we won the AFF U-19 Youth Championship earlier this year and qualified for the AFC finals for the first time in 12 years. I think for Malaysia this is good, it’s a great experience. We cannot be disappointed because the boys have tried their best. Now I know the that the most optimistic expectation is to qualify for World Cup U-20, but we’re just not ready for that yet.

“But now we have to try to be consistent; by qualifying every two years. Once we have this, we’ll be better in the future. There have been glaring mistakes in the way they played, but these are not aspects I can fix in two weeks. You need years to be able to play under pressure.

“My contract runs until next year; so I’ll look at players born in 2001. This is the age that has been a little left behind, (for example) boys born in 2002 have the NFDP (National Football Development Programme, Malaysia’s youth football scheme). We’ll start the selections, everything, all over again,” he revealed.

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We walked around Malaysia’s base for the AFC U-19 Championship; the city of Bekasi, Indonesia. Wait for two familiar Malaysian names! Kami berjalan-jalan sekitar kem pasukan Malaysia sepanjang Kejuaraan B19 AFC, bandar Bekasi di Indonesia. Turut kelihatan, dua nama-nama yang terkenal di Malaysia.

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AFC U-19 Championship: ASEAN’s Indonesia and Thailand reach final eight – football news


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Thailand and hosts Indonesia have reached the quarter-final stage of the 2018 AFC U-19 Championship, thanks to their respective final group matchday wins.

On Wednesday, Indonesia held on to a slender one-goal lead against United Arab Emirates at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, despite playing almost half of the pulsating match with 10 men. Witan Sulaeman scored the only goal of the match in the 23rd minute after pouncing on an individual error, but it was still an uphill battle for the Garudas afterwards. Defender Nurhidayat Haris picked up a second booking and was sent off in the 53rd minute, and Indra Sjafri’s charges had to endure the West Asian side’s onslaught, with the match taking a frantic turn towards the very end. On a night the UAE attackers were particularly ineffective, Indonesia successfully kept the danger to their goal to a minimum, to win the tie and reach the quarter-finals as Group A runners up. They will face the mighty Japan on October 28, at the same venue.

On Thursday, it was Thailand’s turn to follow the hosts, when they defeated DPR Korea 2-1 in Group B, at the Patriot Candrabhaga Stadium, Bekasi. Sampan Kesi opened the scoring for the War Elephants in the 38rd minute. Kye Tam missed the chance to equalise from the spot just four minutes later when his spot kick was by Nopphon Lakhonphon, but redeemed himself just before halftime by assisting Kang Kuk-Chol II’s goal. 12 minutes from time, Korawich Tasa forced a defensive error, pounced on the ball first before slotting in the winner. As Group B runners up, they will face Qatar at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, on Sunday.

Another Southeast Asian side, Vietnam, who had already been eliminated, lost 3-1 to Australia in their last Group C match on the same night.

Malaysia meanwhile will play their last Group D match on Friday evening, against China, a match that they must win by more than one goal, while hoping that Tajikistan in second place lose to group leaders Saudi Arabia, in order to reach the knockout stage.

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Goal asked Malaysia head coach Bojan Hodak’s thoughts on hosts Indonesia’s Group A win over UAE, which allowed them to advance to the #afcu19 quarter-finals. Goal bertanyakan pendapat ketua jurulatih Malaysia Bojan Hodak mengenai kemenangan pasukan tuan rumah Indonesia ke atas UAE, yang membolehkan pasukan Garuda layak ke suku akhir Kejuaraan AFC B-19.

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OPINION: Over-employed Akhyar needs less Malaysia commitment in 2019 – football news


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This year alone, Kedah starlet Akhyar Rashid has played for four separate teams and in three separate international competitions, as well as in friendlies and domestic club competitions.

The forward began 2018 by representing Malaysia U-23 in the AFC U-23 Championship finals, before helping the U-19 side capture the 2018 AFF U-19 Youth Championship title in July. And now, he is in the 2018 AFC U-19 Championship. 

In between these tournaments, he also made regular and starring appearances in friendlies for the Malaysia senior team, as well as in domestic competitions for Kedah.

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Akhyar playing for Malaysia in September. Photo from Getty

He is only 19, but the national teams are already dependent on him, due to what he is able to offer on the pitch.

Unlike most Malaysian forwards, Akhyar has raw technique, confidence and speed which allow him to run at and beat defenders, making him a rare commodity in the country. His inclusion on the team introduces unpredictability and an alternative to the more-straightforward passing or crossing game favoured by most Malaysian sides.

But this dependence has turned into overreliance, and it seems that Akhyar is already showing signs of accumulated fatigue.

In the AFF U-19 Championship, he missed the knockout stages after picking up an injury in the group stage.

A month later he appeared for Datuk Ong Kim Swee’s Malaysia U-23 in the Asian Games, scoring in their opening match against Kyrgyzstan U-23. Since then, he has rarely played a full match for any of the national teams, either getting substituted off midway through the second half, or only brought on as a replacement.

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Akhyar playing in 2018 Asian Games for Malaysia U-23. Photo from Getty

Most recently, Malaysia U-19 boss Bojan Hodak himself admitted that his young star is not fully fit, after they lost 2-1 to Saudi Arabia U-19 in their first Group D AFC U-19 Championship match, during which Akhyar was only playing as a second half substitution.

Akhyar later admitted that he is carrying a knock in the match, one he had probably picked up while playing for the national team in their 1-0 friendly defeat to Kyrgyz Republic, just four days earlier.

A few days later, he again appeared as a second half introduction, in their 2-2 draw against Tajikistan. 

It’s safe to say that the boy is being over-exerted.

It’s never good to push young players too much regardless how good they are, and the same applies to Akhyar too. While players his senior can afford a breather between club matches and international friendlies, Akhyar has probably been going from one centralised camp to another, playing in multiple tournaments, not to mention his club duties with Kedah.

It is understandable that Malaysia head coaches may want the best players in their squad, but they might risk damaging the development and career longevity of one of Malaysia’s best current prospects by asking for too much from him too early.

Furthermore, he needs more time in individual training to develop his game, regardless of how talented he already is now. For example, despite his ability to get past defenders, he has shown difficulties in knowing when it is beneficial to release the ball to a teammate who is in a better position. More tellingly, in his many appearances for the national teams this year, he has only scored three goals, which is rather inadequate for an attacking-minded player.

It is unlikely that Malaysia head coach Tan Cheng Hoe will leave him out of his squad for the 2018 AFF Championship later this year, but perhaps Akhyar can be rested for their remaining friendly match; against Maldives on November 3.

And although he will no longer be eligible to play for the U-19 team next year, the Malaysian FA (FAM) needs to place him in only one roster, either the senior team or the U-23 squad. Playing as a full international will provide him with tougher challenges, but Kim Swee has the knack of bringing the best out his boys. However, it’s perhaps better for him to spend 2019 with the U-23 team, as Kim Swee’s team will play in the AFC U-23 Championship qualifiers, in the AFF U-22 Championship, as well as the SEA Games. 

If he continues to be overemployed, he may hit his peak too early, burn out, and be out of call-up contention at the senior level altogether.

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AFC U-19 Championship: Crazy, free-scoring night at Gelora Bung Karno – football news


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Group A kicked off matchday two of the 2018 AFC U-19 Championship on Sunday, and what an evening it was. A total of 20 goals were scored in the two matches that were played at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, in Jakarta.

Earlier in the evening, United Arab Emirates (UAE) continued their winning form, when they trounced minnows Chinese Taipei 8-1. UAE’s goals were scored by Ahmad Fawzi (10′), Ali Salleh (20′, 67′) and Majid Rashid (35′, 75′), Rashed Mubarak (51′, 59′) and Abdullah Al-Naqbi (70′), while Chinese Taipei’s consolation goal was netted by Wu Yen-shu in the 74th minute.

Any other night, a match that ended with an 8-1 scoreline would definitely have headlined the news. But football in Indonesia rarely follows any script.

The hosts very nearly performed a spectacular comeback in their clash against Qatar, after at one point trailing 6-1. The West Asian side raced to an early 3-0 lead through goals by Hashim Ali (11′), Abdulrasheed Umaru (14′) and Mohammed Waad Abdulwahhab (24′), before Luthfi Kamal Baharsyah pulled one back for the hosts with a spectacular freekick in the 28th minute. But Abdulrasheed added his second four minutes from halftime, while Hashim did the same six minutes into the second half. When Abdulrasheed completed his hat-trick in the 56th minute to score Qatar’s sixth goal of the night, it seemed like the encounter was already over.

But the Garudas somehow dug deep, and inspired by second half substitution Todd Rivaldo Ferre, blitzed the Qatari defence to score four goals in about 15 minutes. Rivaldo curled in a 65th minute free kick that beat goalkeeper Salah Zakaria, before Saddil Ramdani did the same four minutes later. Two separate solo moves by Rivaldo that he finished off himself, in the 73rd and 81st minutes, reduced the margin to just one goal and completed his hat-trick, but they ultimately were not able to find the equaliser in the remaining time. The match ended in a 6-5 win to the Qataris.

UAE now lead the group with six points, while Qatar are second with three, tied on points with Indonesia in third place. Chinese Taipei are bottom with no points.

The hosts now need to defeat UAE in their final group match, while needing a huge miracle in the form of a Chinese Taipei win or draw against Qatar on the same day, in order to guarantee a passage to the quarter-final stage.

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