Stint with QPR gives Kim Swee valu­able in­sight

New Straits Times - - Sport - Ajitpal Singh

NA­TIONAL coach Ong Kim Swee and his as­sis­tant, Brad Maloney, have de­scribed the one-month stint with Cham­pi­onship League side Queens Park Rangers as in­sight­ful.

The stint has given both coaches a broad­ened out­look in terms of train­ing meth­ods and other as­pects in pre­par­ing a team for matches.

QPR were gra­cious hosts as their man­ager Ian Hol­loway shared all as­pects of his club’s train­ing method­ol­ogy from sport science ap­pli­ca­tions to team train­ing to Kim Swee and Maloney.

They were also in­volved in dis­cus­sions and given op­por­tu­ni­ties to of­fer opin­ions.

“We have ben­e­fited a lot from the stint. It was in­sight­ful. We learnt about tac­ti­cal ap­proach be­fore each match and also the meth­ods used to an­a­lyse op­po­nents,” said Maloney in Malacca yesterday.

Maloney, a for­mer Aus­tralian in­ter­na­tional, will con­duct the drills when the 23-mem­ber na­tional squad re­port for cen­tralised train­ing at Wisma FAM to­mor­row for the in­ter­na­tional friendly against the Philip­pines in Manila on March 22.

Kim Swee will only re­turn to Kuala Lumpur on Tues­day and take over the train­ing drills. The coach is now in Malacca fol­low­ing the death of his fa­ther, Ong Ch­wee Guan, last Tues­day. His fa­ther was cre­mated in Bukit Je­lu­tong, Malacca, yesterday.

Kim Swee re­ceived the bad news of his fa­ther’s passing when he was on tran­sit in Dubai on Tues­day.

“Al­though I am sad, I will con­tinue my duty and pre­pare the na­tional team for the friendly against the Philip­pines,” said Kim Swee when met at his res­i­dence in Malacca.

Kim Swee added that his fa­ther was a huge in­spi­ra­tion to him when he took up foot­ball at the age of 13.

Mean­while, FA of Malaysia gen­eral-sec­re­tary Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin con­firmed there will be no re­place­ment match for the post­poned Asian Cup qual­i­fy­ing Group B game against North Korea on March 28.

“We wrote to sev­eral teams for a friendly match on March 28 but none gave a favourable re­ply. Kim Swee will de­cide when he re­turns from Malacca on whether the play­ers should re­main in camp af­ter the as­sign­ment in Manila un­til March 28 or oth­er­wise,” said Hamidin.

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