Malaysian media turned on the national team Thursday after a humiliation joint qualifying 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup defeat to UAE left the country’s football is still in nightmare.
The South-East Asian representatives suffered a heavy 10-0 loss to UAE, a result which handed Harimau Malaya a record of biggest defeat in history, eclipsing the previous heaviest defeat of 8-2 to New Zealand in 1967.
Regarding the defeat, Dollah Salleh admitted to being confused by his squad’s performance, even resorting to using their substitution quotas for all three goalkeepers during the game.
“I don’t know what happened tonight, especially the defence line, we gave away cheap goals, three or four goals were cheap goals,” said the 51-year-old tactician.
“Overall I don’t know what to say, it can be considered a disaster for our Malaysian team. I did not expect we would concede 10 goals. We only had three or four days to prepare and many players were tired from playing in the Super League.”
Following this result, Dollah’s future as national team coach is under scrutiny, with the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) is expected to make an immediate decision.
“I don’t know, maybe. We will see everything in two or three days,” he told reporters when asked if he plans to resign from his current role.