Ong Kim Swee hints at Malaysia U-23 departure after SEA Games

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U-23 coach has hinted that he could his managerial role after the end of disappointing campaign.

The 44-year-old tactician started his reign in the tournament with a 1-0 win over Timor Leste U-23, but Harimau Muda suffered setback when losing 5-1 to Vietnam U-23 and 1-0 to Thailand U-23.

Kim Swee, who led Malaysia to clinch the gold medals in the 2011 SEA Games, will guide the team to face Brunei on June 8 and Laos on June 11 in their final Group B fixtures amid unsure over his future.

“I’m not sure. Let me finish my two remaining games against Brunei and Laos. Probably I’ll decide after that and I think it is enough to handle three SEA Games,” said the Malaccan-born coach was quoted by ESPN.

“Realistically, Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam were running for two spots. So whoever loses the first game against each other will be under pressure.

“And of course, unfortunately we had to play Vietnam first and we lost. Moreover, we played not even after 48 hours against Thailand at four o’clock in the afternoon. So it is advantage for Vietnam and Thailand.

“It’s not a blaming game. For me, we have to sit back and look at our program and we have to admit that Thailand and Vietnam are definitely on top of us at the moment,” he added.