Wednesday, July 17, 2013

AFF Women's Championship A Platform To Test Players Ahead Of Sea Games - Coach

Source: Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR, July 16 -- The Asean Football Federation (AFF) Women Football Championship in Myanmar during the month of September would be the best platform to test the quality of players who will spearhead the country's challenge in the 2013 Myanmar SEA Games.

National women's coach Jacob Joseph believes the exposure for his players at the AFF Championship would enhance the confidence of the players in their quest for a medal in Myanmar.

"We have been drawn in a tough group but I do not want to add unnecessary pressure on the players because our target is to win a medal in the SEA Games," he said when contacted, here, Tuesday.

In the 2013 AFF Women's Championship that is scheduled from Sept 9 to 22, Malaysia have been drawn in Group A with Australia, Thailand, Vietnam and Jordan.

Malaysia will kick off their campaign against Jordan on Sept 9, followed by Australia who will be represented by their Under-19 squad (Sept 11), Vietnam (Sept 13) and Thailand (Sept 17).

Group B meanwhile, comprise Japan, Myanmar, Laos, Australia and the Philippines.

In the 2012 edition played in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Malaysia were booted out in the group stage after losing 2-3 to Laos and 0-4 to Thailand.

Jacob said in preparation for the AFF championship, the national team had played three friendly matches in Thailand and produced satisfactory results and performances.

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