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Ong Kim Swee: 'Our main focus is to retain the SEA Games gold medal, so that’s why we (FAM) are allowing these players to sort out their transfer dealings fast with their state FAs.'
PETALING JAYA: Harimau Muda A coach Ong Kim Swee has instructed six of his highly-sought players to decide on their future before the Myanmar SEA Games in December.
The six – Mohd Irfan Fazail, Wan Zaharulnizam Wan Zakaria, Mohamad Fadli Shas, Mohd Izham Tarmizi Roslan, A. Thamil Arasu and Ahmad Hazwan Bakri – have been given the option to either stay with the team or be released for the 2014 season.
Three others – Izzaq Farris Ramlan, Mohd Syahid Zaidon and Mohd Hazwan Rahman – have been released from the squad as they are overaged.
The six players are 22 years old and eligible to remain in the Harimau Muda stable for another year. If they opt to be released, they will have to return to their respective state Football Associations (FAs) and can only sign for other teams with the consent of their state FAs.
The former international stressed that he doesn’t want any distractions as the team gear up to defend their gold medal at the SEA Games.
The 43-year-old coach added that his contract with the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) will end in December and he will only decide his future after the SEA Games.
“These players are contracted to us until December but it is up to them to decide as there have been a lot of offers lately,” said Kim Swee at a press conference in Wisma FAM on Tuesday.
Also present were FAM secretary general Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin and Harimau Muda A team manager Datuk Affendi Hamzah.
“Our main focus is to retain the SEA Games gold medal, so that’s why we (FAM) are allowing these players to sort out their transfer dealings fast with their state FAs. We want them to settle it by the end of this month,” said Kim Swee, who revealed that he too had received several job offers.
“I know I may end up paying the price if FAM decide not to renew my contract but I’ll still decide on my future after the SEA Games.”
Kim Swee said that the team will head into their final stage of preparations by travelling to Jordan for four friendlies from Nov 8-20 and two matches in Kuala Lumpur from Nov 21-Dec 6 before leaving for Myanmar.
Meanwhile, Hamidin said that the Harimau Muda A’s next target will be the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, in August next year and the team will play in the S-League by default if they cannot secure any training arrangements abroad.
“We are looking at training stints in Slovakia, Australia and Brazil but there is no confirmation yet ... an announcement on the stint will be made at the end of the year,” he said.
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