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Kim Swee grateful with draw

Malaysia national Under 22 (U-22) head coach, Datuk Ong Kim Swee, admitted that his side struggled to cope in the first half of their SEA Games 2019 Group A encounter with Myanmar yesterday.

However, the 48-year-old was relieved that his side showed tremendous improvement in the second half and had better possession of the ball.

“If you look at our performance, especially in the first half, we failed to control the game. But we improved in the second half and there were many positives.

“The first game is never easy and more so when the players haven’t played in awhile.

“Even though we had trouble moving the ball around in the first half, we had better chances compared to Myanmar in the second half,” said Kim Swee.

In the game at the Rizal Memorial Stadium, Myanmar opened the scoring through Soe Moe Kyaw in the 13th minute before Malaysia forward Hadi Fayyadh equalised in the 23rd minute.

And Kim Swee was grateful that they were able to walk away with a crucial point.

“This is a very precious point and we know that the next three games are not going to be easy,” he added.

The Harimau Muda will next face host nation Philippines in their second Group A match this Friday (29 November).

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