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The 42 year-old head coach is already setting his sights on retaining the South East Asian Games Gold medal for football and wants his players to continue improving next year

Harimau Muda A might have impressed many over the last 14 months or so, but Ong Kim Swee sees no reason for why they should be satisfied with their status.

The squad, made up of U-23 players from all around the nation, were victorious in the SEA Games back in 2011, before winning the SCTV Cup in Indonesia as well as the VFF Newspaper Cup in Vietnam. They also finished fourth in their maiden season in the S.League

However, Ong is keen to see his men continue their progression and is already planning for the mission of retaining their SEA Games crown at the end of next year in Myanmar.

"We have to essentially make sure that this growth continues," he told Berita Harian.

"The new players that have been integrated into the squad, have to be given more exposure throughout next year.

"Anyways, our preparation will be more structured next year, as there are only two major tasks early in the year. After that, we will be taking the players to train in Europe.

"3 months before the SEA Games, I should be able to have a solid group of players to pick from, as there will be no more time for experiments."

He also went on to add that after the Asian Cup qualifiers in February and March, his players will be able to shift their focus solely on the SEA Games mission. Nevertheless, Ong Kim Swee has already started preparing for next year, in which the Harimau Muda will also be competing in the S.League.

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