Keep it tight and fight: Knight


Australia triumphant coach Steven Knight believes that local coaches have had their share of good success in this AFC Futsal Championship.

“If you see it, the local coaches have done pretty well and there are some teams with great coaches who falter in the likes of China and Uzbekistan, so it’s good that local coaches also having their say in this Championship,” he said.

“Our journey in this championship is quite encouraging given the resources and support we have had. We have part time players and were trained around 40 hours before the tournament. Even there were some players who failed to make it to the training due to their work commitment.

“With this resources, going to the World Cup and fluttering Australian flag is not a minor thing.”

Knight’s Futsalroos will take on Japan in the semifinal on Wednesday and he is adamant that if they keep things tight at their territory and fight with the Japanese on counter attacking system, they have chances of their own.

“Obviously, it’s going to be tough with Japan but if we keep our discipline and play like how we have been playing in the tournament, there is a chance,” he said.

Australia, Japan, Iran, Kuwait and hosts Thailand will represent Asia in FIFA Futsal World Cup 2012 to be held in Thailand later this year.

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