Many ob­sta­cles to pre­pare na­tional squad — Vin­gada

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - SPORT -

SEPANG: Na­tional foot­ball team head coach Nelo Vin­gada said he had to face a ma­jor strug­gle to pre­pare the na­tional squad in the 2019 Asian Cup Qual­i­fier which wit­nessed the end of Malaysia’s jour­ney af­ter Mon­day night’s 1-4 de­feat to North Korea.

Vin­gada, who also known as ‘The Pro­fes­sor’ for his ex­per­tise and ex­pe­ri­ence in man­ag­ing his pre­vi­ous teams said, the dif­fi­culty in gath­er­ing play­ers who meet his cri­te­ria was a ma­jor ob­sta­cle in form­ing a strong team.

He said the lack of ex­po­sure at in­ter­na­tional matches be­fore lock­ing horns with teams in the Group B qual­i­fy­ing cam­paign also con­trib­uted to his fail­ure to plan his strat­egy.

“I face many dif­fi­cul­ties and to be hon­est, I ar­rived just one week be­fore the first game against Le­banon so it was dif­fi­cult for me be­cause se­lec­tion of the play­ers was not made for me.

“When we played against Hong Kong in the sec­ond and third matches, we had a set of good play­ers and enough time to pre­pare but as you re­mem­ber some of the main play­ers could not be in the team due to 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games,” he said upon his ar­rival with the team from Buri­ram, Thai­land here yes­ter­day.

He said he had also faced sim­i­lar dif­fi­cul­ties when he was pre­par­ing for the im­por­tant match against North Korea which re­sulted in his side’s 1-4 de­feat in both matches.

“In the fourth train­ing camp, we did not have all the play­ers be­cause of some is­sues, in­juries and sus­pended play­ers. We also had a very short time be­cause we started train­ing on Nov 8 to play on Nov 10,” he added.

How­ever, de­spite record­ing six de­feats in seven matches un­der his charge, Vin­gada did not blame any­one but him­self and was op­ti­mistic that the Malaysian foot­ball team would still march to­wards a bright fu­ture.

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