Malaysia U-22 head coach Ong Kim Swee will focus on the “super-efficient” tactics rather than playing the beautiful football ahead of the SEA Games semi-final against Indonesia on Saturday.
Speaking to the reporters, the Malaysian coach believed football was about winning matches whether through relentless domination or through unimpressive methods, as long as the team collect three points or a title.
“We will be drilling on tactics ahead of the semi-finals. We need a good strategy in order to make the final,” Ong said, as quoted by The New Straits Times.
“I am confident the players will be mentally and tactically ready for Saturday’s challenge.
“We did not play pretty football in the win over Laos (on Wednesday), but it is okay…we didn’t want to kill ourselves and did just enough to win.”
Malaysia will face rivals Indonesia, who qualified for the group stage with a 2-0 win over Cambodia on Thursday, in the semi-final showdown on Saturday at Shah Alam Stadium.