Harimau Muda A coach Ong Kim Swee, wants to handle all the other national age group sides to ensure continuity in the national team set-up. - BERNAMA
PETALING JAYA: National Under-23 coach Datuk Ong Kim Swee wants to have control of all the Harimau Muda squads to ensure progress and continuity for the country’s age group teams.
Kim Swee is currently negotiating for an extension with the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) to continue as coach of the Harimau Muda A squad.
The 43-year-old coach’s two-year contract with FAM ended last month and it is learnt that he is looking to oversee the Harimau Muda B, C and D as well as the Harimau A squads.
The FAM have decided to offer Kim Swee a new contract despite his Under-23 Harimau A team’s failure to retain the gold medal at last month’s SEA Games in Myanmar.
“I’m not asking for a bigger role in the national team coaching set-up. If I want a bigger role, I would have applied for the senior team coaching job,” said Kim Swee.
“We are discussing about my contract as the national Under-23 team coach and I have proposed to oversee the other national age-group teams.
“We need to make sure there’s a continuity among the teams. I think I can help in this area besides coaching the Harimau Muda A squad.”
Kim Swee also added that he’s keen to remain in Malaysia despite receiving several attractive offers, including one from Myanmar.
The national Under-23 team have a big assignment this year at the Incheon Asian Games in September and Kim Swee is keen to steer Malaysia to a better finish.
Former national coach Datuk K. Rajagopal has set the benchmark after guiding the team to the last 16 at the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games.
“The contract negotiation has been ongoing for some time and we are still discussing terms. It will take a little bit more time before everything is finalised,” said Kim Swee.
“I hope the contract negotiation will conclude soon. We have a big year ahead and we need to start our training programme as soon as possible to prepare for the Asian Games.”