National U-22 coach Datuk Ong Kim Swee has been having a rough time dealing with his squad ever since he revealed his national call-up list for the Malaysia-Myanmar clash.
The U-22 squad made headlines after having only six players check into the training camp for national duty upon call-up.
The rest joined the team at a much later date due to commitments to their club, with tight league and cup fixtures scattered throughout the month. Some were completely barred from reporting for national duty.
When Malaysia took on Myanmar last week (13th July), Datuk Ong Kim Swee revealed that he only had the complete squad a few days before the big day, and they only had one day of complete training.
Even though Malaysia went on to beat Myanmar 2-0, Datuk Ong Kim Swee is still unsatisfied with how the whole thing panned out.
To make sure the same predicament doesn’t repeat during the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games campaign, the national coach has proposed to the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) to postpone the M.League until the SEA Games are over.
Datuk Ong Kim Swee has only less than a month to prepare the team before the tournament kicks off on the 14th of August. The national coach is concerned that his players won’t check in for national duty, since there are Premier League, Super League and Malaysia Cup fixtures on the 4th, 5th, and 9th of August.
FAM’s secretary-general Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin has agreed to Datuk Ong Kim Swee’s proposal and said he has sent a letter to the Football Malaysia LLP regarding the matter.
“I support the proposal and have sent a letter to FMLLP. I am waiting for a reply from Kevin Ramalingam (CEO of FMLLP), who will hold a meeting to decide the matter.” Datuk Hamidin told Bernama.
“If the request is approved, it’s good news because Datuk Ong will have 14 days with the team before the first match of the SEA Games Group A on Aug 14 or 15.” he added.