4.25 will return stronger, vows head coach O
Kuala Lumpur: Head coach O Yun-son, while disappointed that 4.25 SC failed in their mission to lift the AFC Cup, conceded that Al Ahed FC were worthy winners in the final at the Kuala Lumpur Stadium on Monday.
The DPR Korea club had gone into the decider confident of their chances but goalkeeper An Tae-song's sending off in the 26th minute made their task even more difficult against a highly motivated Al Ahed side.
The one-man advantage meant Al Ahed dictated play and after several missed opportunities, Issah Yakubu headed home the winning goal for the Lebanese club in the 74th minute.
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O admitted that his team had been let down by their inexperience.
"The goalkeeper made a silly mistake and got sent off. It was due more to inexperience and he will learn from his mistake," said O, in describing the incident which saw An coming off his line to impede Ahmad Zreik, who had a clear run at goal.
O was also honest about his team's performance.
"Our combination was not very good while Al Ahed played very well.
"Their head coach (Bassem Marmar) prepared them very well. They were defensively very resolute and executed their strategies to perfection. They fully deserve the victory."
O, however, said 4.25 will come back stronger.
"We will learn and work on our weaknesses. I will also prepare my players not just physically but also psychologically to be able to handle tough challenges like we faced tonight."
Having made the AFC Cup Final at the third time of trying, O said 4.25 will be back in 2020 determined to lift the title.
"We have improved every year and having reached the final - which was our target when the competition started - I am determined to win the title next year. We will come back stronger," O concluded.
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