RICKI HERBERT spoke to the media after he saw his Maldives side lose 4-1 to the defending champions in the final group stage game. Herbert criticised his defence for conceding poor goals but wants to move on.
“The goals we conceded were poor. We move onto the semi final, that’s where our focus is. I’m pleased and the boys will be ready for the semis.”
Herbert confirmed he was saving Ali Ashfaq for the semi finals. With Maldives ending up second in the group, they now face hosts India in the semi final round.
“I saved six players for the semi finals and Ashfaq is one of them. It is important others take responsibility. But he’s [Ashfaq] been terrific; he’s played two 90 minutes. A player like him will be ready for the semi final against India.”
Maldives take hosts India on in the semi final of SAFF Suzuki Cup 2015 on December 31, with kick off scheduled at 15:30 IST (NZT: Thursday December 31, 11.00pm).
Published by SAFF Suzuki Cup on December 28, 2015.