FAM terminates Harimau Muda program

FAM has decided to terminate the Harimau Muda program, and will form a special team for the 2017 SEA Games. Three candidates have been shortlisted for the head coach position.

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The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) has decided to end the Harimau Muda program after it’s inception in 2007, and will start a new project called the “SEA Games 2017 Project.”

All current players in the current Harimau Muda squads will be sent back to their respective states.

However, in order to prepare for the 2017 SEA Games, the “SEA Games 2017 Project” will see the formation of a new under-23 team to represent Malaysia for the tournament.

In relation to this, the FAM also announced that they have shortlisted three coaches for this team, and they will be interviewed by a selection panel on 1 December 2015.

The panel will consist of representatives from the FAM, Ministry of Youth and Sports and the National Sports Council

The National Coaching Committee is in the final stages of finalising the candidates for under-23 head coach position, and will make the announcement once they are done with the interviews.

FAM revealed that a similar approach will be used by the panel when searching for the national head coach position, and they will announce who gets the job latest by January.

In the meantime, interim head coach, Datuk Ong Kim Swee, who also applied for the position, will continue his work as the Harimau Malaya head coach.

The national head coach position is up for grabs after Dollah Salleh resigned from the post few months ago.

Several people have been linked to the job, including former Kelantan coach, George Boateng and former Johor Darul Ta'zim gaffer, Bojan Hodak.