NATIONAL Under-23 coach Ong Kim Swee believes his side can win the Sea Games gold medal but must improve on their weaknesses before heading to Myanmar.Kim Swee is unhappy with his players' performance in the ongoing Mekong BIDC Cup Under-23 invitational competition in Phnom Penh though they have qualified for the semi-final.
The under-strength side drew 2-2 with Cambodia in their opening Group B match before edging Laos 3-2 on Monday in the six-team competition.
"Although, we won against Laos, I am disappointed with our performance. We should have won easily after taking a 2-0 lead but instead they did it the hard way," Kim Swee told Astro Arena in Cambodia yesterday.
"Some of the players lost their concentration and allowed Laos back into the match. They gave away the ball easily despite dominating possession.
"I must work on their weaknesses and hopefully rectify them before the semi-final on Friday. We have a lot of work to do."
Kim Swee urged the fringe players to use the tournament to make an impression before the Sea Games squad are finalised.
"My players cannot afford to take things lightly in matches. They must know how to deal with pressure and win games.
"I hope the fringe players will do their best here. I want to see them improve as I need options for the Sea Games."
Those missing from the squad are defenders Fadhli Shas, Zubir Azmi and K. Reuben, and midfielders S. Sivanesan, Nazmi Faiz Mansor and Syahrul Azwari Ibrahim, who are training with the national team, and injured duo Wan Zack Haikal Wan Nor and Junior Eldstal.