Ong Kim Swee did not rule out the possibility of never calling JDT striker Norshahrul to play for the national team in the future
Interim coach for the national team, Datuk Ong Kim Swee, is still angry about Norshahrul Idlan’s failure to join up with the national team.
According to Utusan Malaysia, Kim Swee said that “For me it’s simple. If any players that I call and refuse to join, it means that they have no interest in playing for the country based on the reason he gave. Whether he will be charged with disciplinary conduct or not is dependent on the management, not me. Most probably I would not call him again in the future.”
However, Kim Swee insisted that the absence of Mat Yo in the team should not be a problem and it would be a great opportunity for other players to step up and replace him.
“Whatever his excuse was, you have to put you country first. But we would not have that much problem with this but I just want other players to take it as a positive sign whenever their names being called up to play for Malaysia. The absence of Mat Yo will give players like Bobby Gonzales to be paired up with players like Safee Sali, Baddrol Bakhtiar or Fakri Saarani and all of the players must give their best if they want to be in the final list of players that will be going to the UAE,” he added.
Norshahrul shocked the local football scene when he was absent from the first national team training under Ong Kim Swee. The former Kelantan striker also did not give any reason of why he missed the training prior to that day.
He did meet up with both the Football Association of Malaysia’s (FAM) Vice President Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal, and Ong Kim Swee to explain his actions however. Both Subahan and Kim Swee stated that his reasons were too personal for them to reveal.
Malaysia will face the Philippines in a friendly match before heading to UAE to face a crucial match against Yemen in Asian Cup Qualification.