Harimau Muda invited to train and play in Brazil

An unnamed Brazilian club has offered the Malaysia’s under-23 squad a training-cum-playing stint in the South American country known worldwide for its footballing ability

If everything goes well, Ong Kim Swee’s Harimau Muda could be heading to Brazil for a training and playing stint in the very near future.

Kim Swee, who had been vocal in pushing for another stint abroad after their Slovakian trip last year resulted in regional success, said he is waiting for the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM), to make a decision regarding the matter.

“We have plans to go back to Slovakia and at the same time, we have received an offer for training and playing in the Brazilian league,” he told reporters at the appreciation ceremony of last year’s SEA Games gold medal winning squad yesterday.

“I hope a decision can be made as soon as possible so that we can prepare the fine details.”

FAM’s secretary-general, Datuk Azzudin Ahmad confirmed the news at the same function.

“It is an offer, which we received on Wednesday, from a top club and not from the Brazil FA. We, however, need to study the details before making it official,” said Azzudin.

“Our team will not only train with the club but also play in the Brazilian league. We, however, will discuss with the club and maybe fly to Brazil to get a better picture.”

The team, who currently play in Singapore’s S-League, is likely to be replaced by Ismail Ibrahim’s Harimau Muda B next season if the FAM decides to accept the Brazilian offer.