Malaysia U-22 team head coach Ong Kim Swee has proposed to the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) to postpone the Malaysia Super League (MSL) until the SEA Games are over.
Ong Kim Swee has only less than a month to prepare the team before the tournament kicks off on the 14th of August. However, he has been unable to build up a formidable squad to meet the target of gold medal at 29th SEA Games at home.
With the FAM has decided against rescheduling the MSL and Malaysia Cup matches, which run simultaneously, clubs are hesitant to release their best players for the camp.
Currently, only six out of the 26 called-up players have joined the training sessions, while the rest joined the team at a much later date due to commitments to their club.
As the consequences, Kim Swee only had the few days to complete the squad for the friendly against Myanmar on 13 July
FAM’s secretary-general Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin has agreed to Kim Swee’s proposal and said he has sent a letter to the Football Malaysia LLP regarding the matter.