The National Under-23 squad edged the Indonesian national Under-23 side 1-0 in a friendly match at the Kuala Lumpur Football Association (KLFA) Stadium in Cheras on Saturday.
Mohd Zaquan Adha Abdul Radzak was the toast of the national side after scoring the only goal of the match in the 41st minute with a powerful strike from inside the penalty box.
The squad under coach K. Rajagobal had a number of chances to extend the lead but the strikers were guilty of missing some good opportunities, especially Mohd Shakir Md Ali who had three golden chances in the last five minutes.
The Indonesian side under Uruguayan coach Cesar Payovich came close to snatching a late equalizer through Lucky Wahyu Dwi Permana's fierce drive in the 80th minute but goalkeeper Mohd Farizal Marlias was equal to it.
According to Rajagobal, the win was important to lift the morale of the players but emphasised that the players needed to work harder.
"As the coach I am happy with the win but I need more time to gauge the performances of some new players in the squad like G. Mahathevan who made his first appearance today.
"The M-League will resume on Tuesday and I will continue to monitor them before facing Manchester United on July 18," said Rajagobal who made eight changes today as he was still trying out different combinations.(Bernama)
Jaiho says : It is a good start for Rajagopal's team, it will surely boost their confidence level, let's hope and pray that the boys will keep the winning momentum going. As I have said before the biggest problem with the Malaysian team is "CONSISTENCY"