16 August 2014

Mission accomplished for Philippines coach

Saturday, August 16, 2014

PHILIPPINES coach James David Fraser felt his side have accomplished what they had set out to do despite not qualifying for the semi-finals of the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy tournament.
The coach said that sole purpose for participating in the competition was to help develop his young squad.
“I think the tournament has been an achievement because we came here to mould a young team together and we’ve been able to do that. It’s been successful and we’ve learnt a lot,” he said during the post-match press conference following their 3-1 win over Timor Leste last night.
“The boys have good experience at an international level now and that’s not easy to get.
“They’ve played tough games and that’s what you want to do, so overall I’m happy with the development of the squad… It’s about development,” David Fraser emphasised at the Berakas Sports Complex.
He admitted they would have loved to pick up the early points but that will be something his players will have to remember for their upcoming tournaments.
Philippines managed to pull through against Timor Leste with three of their players – Amani Aguinaldo, Daisuke Sato and Jose Porteria – on the bench due to previous offences.
“Look we had three of our best players out on cards. The boys that we put in stepped up and I think they did really well. Overall I’m happy but there are still things we need to work on obviously,” said David Fraser.
“We’re a young team and we haven’t been together for a long time, so we’re getting better as the tournament goes on but unfortunately we lost the early points, so now we’re going to miss the semi-finals,” he said.
Timor Leste coach Koga Takuma confessed his side tried all they could but weren’t on the same level as the Philippines.
“We tried to do our best but unfortunately our mentality and physical aspect are still not good enough,” said Koga.
“They must understand how to read the game... today was not clear for us. Even though it wasn’t clear for us we have to accept it and just play.
“It is a disappointment but at the same time it’s good for us,” said Koga.

The Brunei Times

1 comment:

  1. Dapat ang magsabi ng 'mission accomplished' ay yung mga U19 teams dahil mataas pa ang preparation nila.