After failing in their bid to retain the AFF Suzuki Cup, the Malaysian national team will now shift their attention towards the 2015 Asian Cup qualifiers. But before that, the national squad is set to be refurbished, with several big name players set to be axed.
Malaysia have been drawn alongside Qatar, Yemen and Bahrain in Group D, and a much better squad will be needed to battle these Middle East giants.
"We have to strengthen our team for the Asian Cup qualifers, as we have the likes of Qatar, Yemen and Bahrain in our Group," Team Manager Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal told Berita Harian.
He also claimed that players who failed to impress in the AFF Suzuki Cup will be dropped, with new faces set to be given the opportunity to shine.
Meanwhile, the position of head coach Datuk K. Rajagopal is still being debated, with many calling for him to be sacked. Datuk Seri Subahan stated that he has already submitted a report on the national team to the FAM and that he leaves the decision to FAM.
However, Datuk Seri Subahan also backed head coach K. Rajagopal to bounce back, citing his past successes as an example.
"Critics should not blame everything on Datuk K. Rajagopal. You should remember the amount of success he brought us prior to this," he added.