National coach Ong Kim Swee believes it is pointless for his boys to adopt a defensive approach to avoid a hammering by the big guns at the AFC Under-23 Championships in China. (Pix by OSMAN ADNAN)

CHANGSHU: National coach Ong Kim Swee believes it is pointless for his boys to adopt a defensive approach to avoid a hammering by the big guns at the AFC Under-23 Championships in China.

Despite going down 4-1 to Iraq in their opening game, Kim Swee has made it clear that he will stick to the same game plan against Jordan tomorrow.

Kim Swee believes that the competition at Asian level is the best platform for him to test his players’ abilities, using certain strategies.

"We could use a defensive strategy for every game but all we would learn is how to defend. We will not learn the game plan we want to," said Kim Swee today.

"We need to play our own game if we are to gain exposure and build for the future.

"We had our positive moments in yesterday's game but were not consistent, that was why we could not control the game."

Despite Iraq controlling much of the match, the national team did manage to launch a few attacks of their own which led to Safawi Rasid's goal and a disallowed goal from Syazwan Andik.

Kim Swee said Jordan and Saudi Arabia, who drew 2-2, will be just a tough as Iraq.

"We will use the same game plan against Jordan but I want the players to be more consistent.”

Translated from Harian Metro

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