Dollah Salleh: Malaysia lack quality players for international level

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KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - DECEMBER 20:  Malaysia coach Dollah Salleh looks on during the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup 2nd leg final match between Malaysia and Thailand at Bukit Jalil National Stadium on December 20, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  (Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images)

national team coach admitted that the Harimau Malaya need more players with good quality whose able to compete at international level.

It’s the situation which forced the 51-year-old tactician to call-up some veteran names into his squad recently, claimed that many local youngsters only perform well in the domestic leagues, but could not do the same things for national team.

“We lack the players who can play at international level. Some players might be good in the domestic leagues (Malaysia Super and Premier League) but they struggle at the international stage,” he complained was quoted by The Star.

“We have problems getting good defenders, especially centrebacks. Most of the teams use two foreign centrebacks so we lack the option at this position. It’s the same with the strikers. We don’t have top players at these two positions.

“The younger players look nervy when given the chance to play. I have no other options, so I often use the regular faces. These are the problems I’m facing but I think we have the time to rectify the situation.”