Frenz United Malaysia coach modest in International Cup meet

PETALING JAYA: Frenz United Malaysia coach S. Balachandran has not set a lofty target for his charges due to time constraint.

Bala, who only had two weeks with the team, will be pleased if they get past their group stage of the Frenz International Cup football tournament.

The Malaysians will open their Group D campaign against English side Tottenham Hotspur at the Shah Alam Stadium on Sunday night, while Argentina’s Estudiantes will take on India’s Under-18 side at the UiTM Sports Complex.

Bala, who resigned from the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) in November, said the tournament will be a learning curve for his team.

“Our aim is to give these young players the experience of playing against the best youth teams from around the world,” said the former national Under-16 coach.

“The team had been together for some time under a different coach. The players need time to adapt to my coaching style.”

Bala said although Spurs are among the favourites to win, his side will be out to upstage them.

The London-based club are making their debut and will be in buoyant mood after winning the IMG Cup in Florida on Dec 22.

“The clubs from Europe, South America and Japan are much more established and their players had been in their youth set-up for a longer time,” said Bala.

“We are the underdogs. The first game will be a major test for my players. A positive result will be an indicator of our chances in the tournament.  

“I hope the boys will prove themselves and I think qualifying for the second round will be a big accomplishment.”

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