PETALING JAYA: The national Under-21 boys showed that they still have a long way to go when they lost 0-1 to club side Selangor Public Bank in their first test match at the Selayang Municipal Council Stadium on Wednesday.
Coach K. Rajagopal, who began work with the boys barely a week ago, has to whip them into shape before they compete in the youth international tournament against world class opponents - Brazil, South Korea and Portugal scheduled at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil from March 12-16.
“It is just their first game. There is still a lot that needs to be done in the team.
“They need more matches to improve and we have to push them harder in training,'' said Rajagopal, who was particularly concerned over the lack of depth in the squad. He fielded the reserve players in the second-half.
Public Bank, who are playing in Premier II in the M-League, also fielded mostly their reserve players and scored the solitary goal through Sutesh Sankaran Nair in the first-half.
Rajagopal said he would test his boys again when they play another Premier II team Negri Sembilan at the Wisma FAM in Kelana Jaya at 5pm on Monday.