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The 42-year-old former international is prepared to be national team head coach if requested by the governing body, but maintains his main focus is the Under-23 team

Harimau Muda A coach, Ong Kim Swee, has declared that he is willing to take over the Malaysian national football team, if that is what the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) want.

“It’s up to the FAM. They have the right to determine the direction of the team and as an employee of the organization, I will just follow their instructions,” the Malacca native told Berita Harian yesterday.

Kim Swee, who took over the junior squad from current national head coach Datuk K. Rajagopal in 2009, said that his focus at the moment however is the Harimau Muda team.

“My main objective now is to retain the SEA Games gold medal, that is my KPI (Key Performance Indicator).

“It’s not going to be easy to defend the title, especially for the second time running,” he said.

The Harimau Muda A squad are scheduled to play in three competitions next year. In August, they will represent the country in the Merdeka Tournament before participating in the VFF Newspaper Cup in October.

They will wrap the year up with a trip to Naypidaw, Myanmar in December - to defend their SEA Games gold medal.

 

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