Kim Swee accepts Sea Games challenge
“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