Thursday, December 04, 2014

Kim Swee staying put

National youth coach Ong Kim Swee (pic) has dismissed speculation that he is resigning from the FA of Malaysia (FAM) after the former international was dropped from the coaching set-up for next year’s S-League.

Kim Swee was supposed to be assisted by Razip Ismail in the S-League to prepare players for the AFC Under-22 Qualifiers in March and the Singapore Sea Games in June but the FA of Malaysia (FAM) changed its mind recently.

Razip will now handle Young Tigers (national Under-22) in the S-League and the AFC Under-22 Qualifiers while Kim Swee will take charge of the Sea Games.

There was speculation that Kim Swee was unhappy with the changes and had wanted to resign.
“It is only a rumour. Anyway, where can I go if I resign? Yes, the changes were done recently but as a coach, I will adhere to instructions from FAM,” said Kim Swee yesterday.

Those from Razip’s team, selected for the Sea Games, will report immediately to Kim Swee after the AFC Under-22 Qualifiers while players attached to M-League sides, will do so on May 1.

“The target is to regain the gold medal in the Sea Games. I will do my best to prepare the players for the assignment,” said the 43-year-old, who had rejected offers from Sabah and Selangor to continue as a coach with FAM.

Kim Swee’s only worry is whether those released to clubs, including D. Saarvindran and Gary Steven Robbat, would get enough playing time in the M-League.

“It is something I need to consider before I select the training squad for the Sea Games. I will start scouting for new talents when the M-League starts in January,” he said.

On what were FAM’s plans for him after the Sea Games, Kim Swee said he has not been informed yet.

Kim Swee will unlikely renew his contract with FAM after it expires at the end of next year as the Malacca-born wants to start coaching senior teams.

The draw of the AFC Under-22 Qualifiers will be conducted at the Asian Football Confederation headquarters in Bukit Jalil today. AFC is also expected to award FAM the hosting job for Malaysia’s group.

By Ajitpal Singh - NST

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