The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) president has expressed his confidence that the national U22 team can win the gold medal at SEA Games, which will take place in Kuala Lumpur next week.
The president Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim (commonly known as TMJ), who is also The Crown Prince of Johor said that he would not sack head coach Datuk Ong Kim Swee if the team failed to reach the target, but hoped the team would strive to take advantage of the golden opportunity to play as hosts
“Football teaches me (to be) realistic. Let us aim for the stars, because even if we fall we will land on the moon,” TMJ told in a meeting with football and futsal teams on Saturday, as quoted by Utusan Online.
“If the team can boast the country and show good games, it’s the reward for them.
“Opportunity is not a burden but it is a fortune. Proud of the national team jersey. This is the high honor and the ambition of all citizens to serve and contribute to the country.”
Of course, we want to do well as host country and not lose in the early stages, but there won’t be a reprimand. This team has a chance to go for gold, and this is a lifetime achievement that will remain forever.
Give it everything for that flag on your chest. I will always support you and let’s create history together. All the best,” TMJ said.
On the other hand, the president also recognized the team’s achievements in 2018 AFC U23 Championship qualification despite the absence of many key players due to a congested schedule of matches.