Indera SC made repeated moves of showcasing their attacking intent despite the scale of the defeat in a 6-1 loss to Yangon United in the first leg of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup play-off round at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium on Wednesday night.
The Brunei-based outfit made their debut but despite their inexperience against a club making their eighth appearance, they had their moments in the game which showed promise.
The battling hosts were not starved of opportunities as forward Hamizan Aziz bin Sulaiman’s shot whistled past the bottom corner while his attacking-minded teammate Mohammad Asri Aspar created chances. The duo did not shy away in trying to make their mark in an international stage.
Indera’s local talents provided the Yangon defence a scare established by their fine touches and prompted a genuine opportunity during a spell in the late stages of the first half.
“The attacking interest shown by Hamizan Aziz bin Sulaiman with a forward run by one of our midfielders Aminuddin Zakwan is an example of what the boys can actually perform and what we as Bruneians can actually do at an international level,” said Indera SC head coach Ameer Aziz-Hakim bin Haji Abdul Lani in a post-match conference at the Lecture Hall of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium.
He added, “We showed glimpses of attacking opportunities so that just indicates that we have an opportunity to hurt the opponent by scoring a goal.
“But again, it is just converting the opportunities into goals that actually matters at the end of the day.
“We had a number of chances and I think we should have converted some of them definitely without a doubt.”
Meanwhile, his opposite number Yangon United head coach Tin Maung Tun refused to rest on their laurels despite the emphatic score-line and heaped praise on their opponents.
“I am very satisfied with the team’s performance because 6-1 is a good result. But, Indera SC are a good team with good players.”
Yangon winger Maung Maung Lwin was in irresistible form having bagged a goal and notched at least two assists during the game. His head coach was effusive in his praise of his star pupil after producing a masterclass.
“He is a very good player and he is our international player. His performance was very good.”
Asked on their thoughts of progression to the main draw of the AFC Cup with their extensively healthy lead, he said, “I do not underestimate the Indera SC team. Our coaches and players will treat the game seriously in the second leg.”
He also highlighted the qualities of the Indera team especially the left striker and Ghanaian winger Prince Yamoah Boafo indicating that they will have to keep tabs on him.
Indera SC and Yangon United will contest the second leg at the Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar on January 29.