Cheng Hoe shortens training camp to give players a break

PETALING JAYA: National coach Tan Cheng Hoe has decided to end a training camp for the World Cup 2022-Asia Cup 2023 qualifiers earlier than scheduled to give players enough rest.

Cheng Hoe said the decision to shorten the camp from nine to seven days felt right as the boys would have time to recover before the M-League resumes on April 2.

“I saw positive signs in players in the last one week after not playing together for more than a year, ” said Cheng Hoe.

“They showed commitment even though they went through a tight schedule of five games in two weeks before reporting for the camp.

“The league schedule is quite tight so I’ve decided to give the players and clubs the space to make early preparation.

“The training camp is shortened but I believe we have achieved our purpose.

“They players have maintained their form and tactics. I am quite satisfied.”

Cheng Hoe said there were areas to improve and they also needed to find the right midfield combination as Brendan Gan has been suspended for the game against United Arab Emirates (UAE) on June 3.

“We are still not up to mark with our finishing in a game, ” he said.

He said strikers Luqman Hakim Shamsudin and Guilherme De Paula showed commitment while they had tested Nazmi Faiz Mansor, Nor Azam Azih and Syamer Kutty Abba for the midfield position.

“I hope when we regroup in May, the players would come fully prepared and injury-free so that we can focus on the remaining three Group G matches.”

They will also play against Vietnam on June 11 and Thailand on June 15. The Group G leaders are Vietnam with 11 points while Malaysia are second in Group G with nine points from three wins after five games.

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