Ong honoured by appointment

Former Malaysia Under-23 boss Ong Kim Swee said that he was honoured to take over the Malaysian national team coaching role from Dollah Salleh, who resigned.

Dollah resigned after Malaysia lost 10-0 to United Arab Emirates in their AFC World Cup qualifier last week.

Ong, who will take over on an interim basis, is remembered for taking Malaysia's U-23 side to the 2011 Southeast Asian Games title. 

"I do not know what to say. I am honoured and this is a huge challenge," said Ong. 

“I will prepare the team the best possible way against Saudi Arabia," he said.

He will be in charge for the next World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.

After conceding 16 goals in their two qualifying matches so far under coach Dollah, the Football Association of Malaysia issued a statement on Saturday confirming the appointment of 44-year-old Ong.

"To fill the void left by Dollah, FAM reached an agreement to appoint Kim Swee as caretaker of the national squad with immediate effect for the fourth qualifier against Saudi Arabia in the Shah Alam Stadium on Tuesday… and so on until a date to be announced," the statement said.

Dollah, who resigned when the team arrived back in the country after their loss against the UAE, said that he took full responsibility for the teams poor results.

"I take full responsibility for what has happened. The fans will not accept this result. My decision is final," he said.

"I have informed the FA of Malaysia (FAM) of my decision. In fact, I made the decision immediately after the defeat in Abu Dhabi. Any coach would not accept this result. I don't blame anyone else."

Malaysia are bottom of Group A with one point from three games.

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