Malaysia U-23 coach Ong Kim Swee: The pressure is on South Korean side

Malaysia U-23 coach Ong Kim Swee believes his side are ready to face the Asian giants South Korea in the AFC U-23 Championship quarter-final, which takes place this Saturday.

Debutants Malaysia have made history as they stunned Saudi Arabia 1-0 to seal a place in the knock-out stage of the regional competition.

“Against the Koreans, we will need to be even more disciplined and at the same time show yet again what we have already proved during the group matches that we will fight it out to the final whistle regardless,” Kim Swee said, as quoted by the New Straits Times.

On the other hand, the tactician stated that the pressure was not on his side as they are seen as the underdogs.

“We will be preparing as best we can within the few days that we have leading up to the match this weekend. I just hope that our players can recover from the fatigue and any niggling injuries and knocks that they’re carrying. I want the players to be calmer because the Koreans will want to keep their pride and reputation intact,” said Kim Swee.