Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Kim Swee’s boys receive hot reception from Indonesians

JAKARTA: The Malaysian footballers will just have to learn to live with the intimidating Senayan fans if they want to make any headway in the competition.

National coach Ong Kim Swee said he was not surprised by the jeering home fans when Malaysia opened their Group A campaign against Singapore at the Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium in Senayan yesterday.
“We are well aware of the hot reception the fans here reserve for us. It is nothing new,” said Kim Swee when an Indonesian reporter asked whether the team had been affected by the crowd.

“Don’t forget we lifted the Suzuki Cup here in front of 100,000 hostile fans last year.”
The home fans were behind Singapore all the way and jeered Malaysia throughout the match.
There was a small of group of about 300 fans and some showed total disrespect when the Malaysian national anthem was played.

The young Malaysian team will be put to a severe test when they face hosts Indonesia in their last group tie on Nov 17.

In the Suzuki Cup final, the Malaysian players were ferried into the stadium in armoured vehicles (Barracudas) as the organisers feared for their safety.


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