National football team head coach Dollah Salleh (right) putting his charges through their paces at WISMA FAM on Friday. - SAMUEL ONG/ The Star
PETALING JAYA: Newly-appointed national coach Dollah Salleh will change Malaysia’s style of play.
The national team reported for their first training session at Wisma FAM on Friday to prepare for the friendly against Tajikistan in Dushanbe on Aug 8 and Dollah has some plans in his mind.
The former international is known for his attacking philosophy with his former teams - MBPJ, Selangor, Pahang and Police in the M-League – and Dollah will go the same way in a bid to turn Malaysia’s dwindling fortunes.
“I want to see the team play a certain way ... my plan is to change a bit of our playing style,” said the
“I couldn’t do much since this is our first day together. A few of the players are clearly struggling and are only 70-80% fit.
“The time is too short for us to prepare for the friendly but I’m not giving excuses. We will give our best against Tajikistan,” added Dollah.
Malaysia, who are ranked 151st in the world, will be without utility defender Bunyamin Umar who is sidelined by a knee injury. Dollah has called up Sarawak’s Ronny Harun as the replacement.
On the match against world No. 124 Tajikistan, Dollah said: “I don’t know much about Tajikistan ... it’s not ideal to play a higher-ranked team in my first assignment. I’m a bit worried but I’ve faith in my players.”