Malaysia head coach Dollah Salleh questioned his team’s attitude after their 6-0 loss at Bukit Jalil Stadium to Palestine in the 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup joint qualifiers campaign on Tuesday.
The defeat to the Middle East side is Harimau Malaya’s heaviest at home since their last 5-0 thrashing by the UAE in an Asian Cup qualifying match at KLFA Stadium back in January 2009.
Previously, Malaysia have also produced a disappointing performance in a 1-1 draw against Timor Leste last week. Therefore, the 51-year-old tactician lamented his team character following the bad results.
“After the opponents scored two goals, our team lost their spirit and passion. Then the third goal sent us out of the game,” said Dollah after the game.
“I saw the team played without character in the second half, they looked like so desperate and I didn’t know why our defense was too shaky.
The loss gave much pressure to the Dollah’s position as the team coach, however he refused for the moment to resign despite his team ‘nightmare’ unexpected result against the war-torn Palestine.
“I won’t act like a coward and I didn’t panic just because this result, but I can’t hide my disappointment regarding the team performance,” he insisted.