KUALA LUMPUR: An own goal by Muhammad Akmal Afnan Shahridzan denied Akademi Mokhtar Dahari (AMD) Malaysia Panthers a ‘valuable victory’ over Paris Saint German (PSG) in a Supermokh Cup under-14 match today.
The Group A opener at the National Sports Council field saw Mohd Armi Shariff's squad taking an early lead through Ziad El Basheer Norhisham in the 10th minute.
PSG, however, piled on the pressure in search of the equaliser and were rewarded when Akmal scored an own goal in the 35th minute. The match ended in a 1-1 draw.
Armi said: “The own goal was due to a miscommunication between our players. We had our chances but failed to finish them.”
“Besides their physical size advantage, the PSG players were also technically superior to my players.
"Regardless, this was a good exposure for the players. There is still a lot we need to improve on."
Defending champions AMD Malaysia Cougars opened with a 4-1 win over Qatari side Aspire Academy in Group B.
Despite the comfortable win, Cougars coach Ahmad Nurfaizal Abdullah said his players can still perform at a higher level.
"The boys did a good job and were very disciplined in both defence and attack but I feel we can still do better," said Nurfaizal.
Cougar's goals were scored by Mohamad Akif Afizi Ramzi (ninth minute), Azannis Adzri Abdul Halim (18th), Muhammad Faiz Amer Runnizar (20th) and Muhammad Danish Mohamad Zahir (25th).
Jassem Mohammed Alsharshani scored Aspire's only goal through a penalty in the 65th.
Translated from Berita Harian