Replies to Media ● Aug 02, 2016
FAS’ Reply To Media Query Regarding The Friendly Against Cambodia
“We are looking forward to the game tomorrow night against Cambodia. I want to give other players who have travelled and trained with us for the last nine days a chance to be in an international ‚ÄòA‚Äô game. This is a good platform for these players to express themselves and show their abilities.
“Cambodians are very passionate about this game ‚Äì I understand the tickets are already sold out. In football, anything is possible. It‚Äôs about us, we need to go out there and try to perform, and try to win the game. We are aware of what the Cambodians are capable of. Playing in front of an expected crowd of 40,000 fans, they will always be motivated to do well.
“We are all aware that our team is missing six key players for the Japan tour and Cambodia game, and we have one injured player, so we are giving opportunities to the other players who are playing in the S.League. But this is a friendly game; our results in the AFF Suzuki Cup are still the most important thing. We are looking at the players‚Äô performance and preparing ourselves for the Cup. Results are not important now. My key objective is the AFF Suzuki Cup.”
– Coach, National Team, V. Sundram Moorthy
“The three matches in Japan allowed us to use different tactics against different opponents. It‚Äôs vital for us to fully understand these different tactics not only as individuals but as a whole team.
“As a team, we are happy with Coach Sundram‚Äôs style. We are looking forward to our international ‘A’ match against Cambodia, as that is where we can put what we learned in Japan to the test.
“Missing key players during this period is not ideal but I can see that the other players in the team are working hard to show what they are able to do and that helps to keep me and my other teammates on our toes.”
– Player, National Team, Madhu M. Mohana