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Young Garuda to Optimize Fitness Against Myanmar

Indonesian U-22 football players train at the Visakha FC Training Center, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Wednesday (4/5/2023). Indonesia will face Myanmar in the second match of the 2023 Cambodia SEA Games.
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Indonesian U-22 football players train at the Visakha FC Training Center, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Wednesday (4/5/2023). Indonesia will face Myanmar in the second match of the 2023 Cambodia SEA Games.

PHNOM PENH, KOMPAS — Having had a longer time to rest, the Indonesian U-22 football team is expected to have more physical agility than Myanmar, seeking full points when they meet in their Group A second match at the ongoing SEA Games in Cambodia. A win would take Young Garuda closer to the semifinals.

The match will take place at the National Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh, on Thursday (4/5/2023) at 4 p.m. Coach Indra Sjafri’s team is now in second place with three points. Myanmar has also collected three points but with a goal margin inferior to that of Indonesia. Host Cambodia tops the group standings with four points from two matches.

Indonesian players will take to the field with better fitness, having rested for four days, compared to Myanmar’s one day of rest, after the latter played its opening match on May 2, which gave it a 1-0 win over Timor-Leste.

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Coach Indra sees it as giving his players the upper hand physically. “We hold the advantage as Myanmar played its game just yesterday. From today’s last session of practices, no one has been injured and all players are fit,” he said.

The players were preparing for the Myanmar game with enthusiasm and optimism after they had managed to meet their initial target of collecting full points in the first match.

We hold the advantage as Myanmar played its game just yesterday.

The win over the Philippines came to their relief given the players had struggled

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