Malaysian national football side change name

Malaysia's national football team official name has been changed from Harimau Malaya to Harimau Malaysia in a move aimed at reversing slumping fortunes.

The side, currently managed by Ong Kim Swee, have only won two of their last 11 fixtures. On the 12th of November last year they flopped to a humiliating 6-0 defeat to Palestine.

Football Association of Malaysia president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah announced the new moniker in Kuala Lumpur after signing a sponsorship agreement with Telekom Malaysia.

"I hope the new name gives the players and coaches a new fighting spirit… There's no point if we change the name but the attitude is still the same," Shah told The Star.

The U23 side will continue to be known as Harimau Muda, or Young Tigers.