The Jakarta Post
Indonesia finished first in both sets to beat Afghanistan in the men’s beach volleyball group stage on Sunday at Jakabaring Sports City in Palembang, South Sumatra.
Indonesia’s duo Ade Candra Rachmawan and Mohammad Ashfiya finished the match with a solid 21-8, 21-7 win against Ozair Mohammad Asifi and Mohib Jan Ahmadi. The match ended in 13 minutes.
“We wanted to play our best in this first game. We want to keep our fighting spirit up so when we face a strong team, our spirit will still be high,” Ade Candra said after the game.
The duo played in pool A along with Afghanistan, Oman and Chinese Taipei. Oman is considered an especially tough team for Indonesia.
“We keep an eye on all teams but Oman is a strong team. It is above Chinese Taipei and Afghanistan,” said the 25-year-old Ade Candra, who has been training in Palembang for the last month.
The duo will meet Oman on Tuesday and Chinese Taipei on Thursday. In the other match on Sunday morning, Oman outplayed Chinese Taipei. (nkn)