Malaysian Football News: Ong Kim Swee appointed as head of youth development in FAM



We have the latest happenings in the field of football news in Malaysia and its related soccer issues, activities, press releases, etc. and aim to keep you always updated every day. The former Malaysia U-23 head coach Ong Kim Swee is announced to take charge of youth development programs of the FAM or Football Association of Malaysia. Ong Kim’s agreement as the U-23 national squad manager has come to an end after the decision of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines and FA Malaysia that has not to extend his contract. However, it is being announced that the 49-year-old will take management as the Head of Youth Development at FA Malaysia. Secretary-General Stuart Ramalingam stated in the New Straits Times:

“We are in the midst of finalizing the details. He will focus on youth development. Kim Swee will be working directly with the Technical Director Peter de Roo.”

The former head coach will be given a one-year agreement, according to the trusted sources. Kim Swee has managed the Malaysia U-23 within the 2020 AFC AFC U23 Championship Qualifying last year when they closely lost out on the qualifiers to Guus Hiddink’s China PR. Malaysian team also didn’t reach the last stages of the SEA Games and only completing 4th in a group in which featured Cambodia, Myanmar, Timor-Leste, and the Philippines.

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Football Association of Malaysia keep on monitoring the four teams

Two Premier League squads and two Super League teams will have limitations implemented on them for the 2020 season if they failed to settle their accounts. This was a revelation by the FAM secretary-general Stuart Ramalingam on January 6, 2020, and he stated:

“There’re four clubs with some (financial) issues and they have restrictions put on them. We are looking at solutions for them.”

To be more specific, one of the restrictions is to include the squads that will not able to sign players.

Unfortunately, if the teams will not settle their financial problems, Ramalingam stated FAM will report the action to be implemented against them before the start of the league on February 28, 2020. Stuart said that the four squads just begun to encounter financial problems following the team licenses that were issued to them earlier. Altogether, Ramalingam started the M-League teams have made progress within their management. He said that there have been no latest files of non-payments of salaries by clubs to the players. Stuart added that FAM wants to avoid cases like the Perlis fiasco from occurring again and for the record, last year FAM restricted Perlis’ for joining the Super League because of financial issues.

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