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Indonesians unhappy with SEA Games football training pitch in Vietnam

By Nghia Phu   May 4, 2022 | 08:35 pm PT
Indonesians unhappy with SEA Games football training pitch in Vietnam
Indonesia players train at Bai Bang Stadium, Phu Tho Province on May 4, 2022. Photo by Football Association of Indonesia
Indonesian coach Shin Tae-yong and his players were not happy with pitch conditions at the Bai Bang Stadium in Phu Tho Province after their first SEA Games training session.

The Indonesian team for the 31st Games had arrived in Vietnam on Tuesday.

After the training session on Wednesday Shin shared his thoughts with the accompanying Indonesian reporters.

He said: "The players are in great shape and are ready for the game with Vietnam. However, the grass on the training ground was not good at all and not suitable for modern football."

Midfielder Saddil Ramdani said: "The pitch was not good. There was a lot of sand and many potholes."

Indonesia players train at Bai Bang Stadium, Phu Tho Province on May 4, 2022. Photo by Football Association of Indonesia

Indonesia players train at Bai Bang Stadium, Phu Tho Province on May 4, 2022. Photo by Football Association of Indonesia

The Bai Bang Stadium in the northern province is one of three training grounds for teams in group A.

According to local media, the grass, stands and lighting system have been improved to meet Asian Football Confederation requirements.

Indonesia take on the hosts on Friday. It is an important game in group A since the two teams are fancied to advance.

The other teams are Myanmar, the Philippines and Timor Leste.

At the last SEA Games in 2019, Vietnam defeated Indonesia 3-0 in the final to claim the title.

 
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