Indonesia`s U-16 team beats Philippines 4-0

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The U-16 national soccer team of Indonesia defeated the Philippines U-16 squad 4-0 in a tryout match, which was held at the Maguwoharjo stadium in Sleman, DI Yogyakarta on Sunday.

The four goals were scored by Rendy Juliansyah in the 3rd minute, Brilyan Nigietha in 9th and 22th minutes, and Hamsah Lestaluhu in 55th minute, according to the website of the All-Indonesia Football Association (PSSI), here on Sunday.

This victory made coach of the U-16 national soccer team (Timnas U-16), Fakhri Husaini glad. He, however, said that still more rooms for improvement from his team.

"We are glad with the results of this first international tryout match. However, winning is not really the main goal. We still need to improve some things like how to overcome the gastric bait and the effective game of the opponent," Fakhri disclosed.

The coach went on to say that his squad had shown good progress and high aggressiveness. "But, we can still continue to grow," he noted.

In the meantime, the Filipino camp accepted the defeat and admitted Indonesias superiority.

The Philippines U-16 coach, Emilio Caligdong said the match was a lesson for his team in preparing for the AFF Cup and Asian Cup qualifiers.

"I told the players to get used to the away games, they should be better prepared and in good condition. Two lessons that we learned from this match are about the fitness and aggressiveness of the team," Emilio explained.

He subsequently praised the two U-16 players, Brilyan Nigietha and Rendy Juliansyah who played well.

"They are everywhere and work very hard. The finishing and cooperation were very good," Emilio stated.

The Timnas U-16 will compete in the AFF Championship in Thailand, from July 9 to 2, 2017, in which Indonesia joins in Group A with Australia, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar and Singapore.

In addition to the AFF, the Timnas U-16 will also compete in the Asian Cup qualifiers 2018 from September 16 to 24, 2017. In that competition, the Timnas squad inhabits Group G along with Laos, Timor Leste, North Mariana Islands and Thailand as the host. (*)