KUALA LUMPUR: The huge support expected for Harimau Malaya at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil tomorrow night has clearly not rattled Indonesia manager Yeyen Tumena.
The former international, who took over from the sacked Simon McMenemy recently, is confident the Garuda can play well despite the pressure in the 2022 World Cup/2023 Asian Cup qualifier.
“In Indonesia, we are accustomed to playing before huge crowds,” he said in a press conference today after tickets for the match sold out.
“The pressure from Malaysian supporters will spur our players on.”
Indonesia are still looking for their first victory after four defeats in Group G.
For the record, they lost 3-2 to Malaysia, 3-0 to Thailand, 5-0 to UAE and 3-1 to group leaders Vietnam.
Malaysia on the other hand, have six points – same as third-placed UAE and one less than Thailand – and will move closer to the third qualifying round with a win.
The four best fourth-placed teams go through while eight group winners and four best runners-up also advance to the 12-team final World Cup qualifying round.