Malaysia head coach Dollah Salleh has resigned after the national team’s humiliating 10-0 defeat to the UAE in the joint qualifying of 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup.
A defeat to the West Asian side at the Mohamed Zayed Stadium on Thursday saw Harimau Malaya registered a new record on their biggest loss in international football.
“I am responsible for the defeat and has taken the decision to quit as the national coach with immediate effect,” he told reporters upon the team’s arrival at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport yesterday.
The 51-year-old admitted that he had informed Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) secretary-general Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin regarding his decision.
“The decision is final. I have discussed the matter with Datuk Hamidin and all went smoothly, FAM accepted my resignation. As a coach, we want to end well but this happened,” he added.
Dollah was appointed in June 2014 after guiding PDRM FA to the Malaysia Premier League title and successfully led Malaysia to finish as runners-up in the AFF Suzuki Cup last December.
Following this situation, FAM has made an immediate decision to appoint U-23 coach Ong Kim Swee as Dollah successor on an interim basis and will take charge when Malaysia host Saudi Arabia on September 8.