| NAKHON RATCHASIMA (Dec 5, 2007) – The scoreless draw against Myanmar several days ago has put Indonesia’s campaign at the on-going SEA Games in a tight spot where they have to face Thailand for a place in the semi-finals.
Following from the 3-1 win over Cambodia in their first game in Group A, Indonesia were in need of the full points against Myanmar before they face Thailand in the final group match on Dec 8.
But as luck – or rather the lack of – would have it, the Indonesian’s attacking effort from the wings off Ian Kabes and Arif Suyono just could not break down the Myanmar defence.
The change in formation from head coach Ivan Kolev failed to bring about the desired result as Indonesia slumped to picking just the one point from the game which they known they should have won.
“It is the dreaded life and death for us against Thailand. It is one game which the players must work extremely hard for and where they will need to capitalise on the few available weakness in the Thai side,” said Indonesian team manager Andi Darussalam Tabussalla.
With the failure to win, Myanmar seems to hold the advantage however slight even though they have only picked up just one point from two matches thus far.
A 3-2 loss to hosts Thailand in their first game seems to play to Myanmar’s favour where after the one point against Indonesia, they just need to beat Cambodia in their last group match for a place in the last four.
As for Indonesia, they will be up against a Thailand side confident from their 3-2 victory over Myanmar in their first game and then an 8-0 drubbing against Cambodia in their second match for a perfect record of six points from two matches.
Thailand made sure that they are in control of Group A with goals from Apipoo Suntornpanavej (7th minute), Teerathep Winothai (40th and 49th), Adul Lahosh (43rd), Anon Sangsanol (47th, 83rd and 88th) and Tana Chanabut (67th).
GROUP A FIXTURES
Dec 8: Thailand vs Indonesia/ Cambodia vs Myanmar
PIC: Thailand in celebration against Cambodia