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The former coach of PDRM and Pahang, Dollah Salleh, has been appointed as the new head coach of Harimau Malaya for the next two years.
The announcement was made by the Football Association of Malaysia’s (FAM) Deputy President, Datuk Seri Afandi Hamzah, as Dollah Salleh received the unanimous consent of the FAM Exco members.
Dollah has an excellent record leading local teams to major trophies, most recently with Pahang (Malaysia Cup) and PDRM (Premier League), and he will now prepare the national team for the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup this November.
Quoted from Bernama, Afandi said “We will request Dollah to submit his list of coaches so that it will be easier for him to coach the national team.”
Some foreign names, such as Gert Engles and Wolfgang Sidka, were linked to the job, as well as former French international Marcel Desailly, but the FAM decided to go for a local coach once again in replacing Datuk K.Rajagopal, who left the post last December.
One of the biggest achievements that Dollah Salleh has achieved previously was leading Selangor to a treble-winning season in 2005.
Meawhile, Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin, secretary-general of the FAM has revealed that Malysia will have four ‘warm-up’ matches before entering the AFF Suzuki Championship in Singapore and Vietnam.
The Malayan Tigers will face Tajikistan on the 6th of August, arch-rivals Singapore on September 6th, Jordan on October 11th and one more game which has yet to be finalised on November 18th.