JAKARTA (29 July 2012) – The Indonesian Under-23 team got a harsh lesson in football when they were thrashed 6-0 by the Malaysian Selection team in a friendly that was played at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium.
The friendly was organised following the postponement of the Java Cup after the failure of both Galatasaray FC and Everton FC to turn up for the tournament.
“The important factor here is that the boys get an important lesson from this game to assess their weakness and also their strength,” quipped Aji Santoso, the chief coach of Indonesia U23 side.
The visiting Malaysian sides which featured the Under-23 team with a handful of older players took the lead through Ahmad Hazwan Bakri in the 11th minute before Michal Kubala, who plays for Perak in the Malaysian Super League, added the second goal off a penalty four minutes later.
The score at the end of the first half was 5-0 to the Malaysians following goals from Azrif Nasrulhaq in the 31st minute and a double from Mohd Amri Yahyah (34th and 36th minute).
Mohd Shukor Adan then added the sixth goal in the 60th minute of play.
“The result was secondary as compared to getting a competitive atmosphere and that was what we got,” added Ong Kim Swee, the chief coach of Malaysia.