Kim Swee ac­cepts Sea Games chal­lenge

New Straits Times - - Sport -

“I do not want to talk about what will hap­pen to Bern­hardt. I have been given or­ders by FAM pres­i­dent Tunku Is­mail Sul­tan Ibrahim to han­dle the Sea Games squad and I have ac­cepted the task,” said Kim Swee af­ter the FA of Malaysia (FAM) con­gress­cum-elec­tion in Pe­tal­ing Jaya yes­ter­day.

“As long the de­ci­sion ben­e­fits the coun­try, I will do it. How­ever, I still need to meet Tunku Is­mail to go through the de­tails over my new task.

“I think it is not a ma­jor is­sue han­dling the na­tional Un­der22 squad as I have coached youth teams un­der FAM in the past. I have been with FAM for the last 13 years.

“The coun­try still needs me and I will give my best pre­par­ing the youth team for the Sea Games.”

Kim Swee said he and Tunku Is­mail had com­mu­ni­cated over his re-des­ig­na­tion be­fore it was an­nounced yes­ter­day but the coach de­clined to go into de­tails.

It will be Kim Swee’s fourth straight Sea Games since re­tain­ing Malaysia’s gold medal at the In­done­sia edi­tion in 2011.

In the 2013 Myan­mar edi­tion, Kim Swee’s squad reached the semi-fi­nals but re­turned with­out a medal and two years ago, his team failed to make the last four fol­low­ing the dis­band­ing of the Young Tigers pro­gramme.

“The chal­lenge this time will be tougher as we are host­ing the Sea Games. We should take ad­van­tage of play­ing at home to make a last­ing im­pres­sion,” said Kim Swee.

His first task as the youth coach will be the AFC Un­der-23 Qual­i­fiers on July 19-23, where Malaysia are in Group H with hosts Thai­land, In­done­sia and Mon­go­lia.

Un­der Kim Swee, the se­nior team played 24 matches in dif­fer­ent pe­ri­ods since 2014 with a record of eight wins, eight draws and eight losses. Ajit­pal Singh

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