Kim Swee focused on world ranking

Malaysian football coach Datuk Ong Kim Swee is focused on improving the world ranking of the national team.

Malaysia has had a poor run of late, with their last win coming in last October over Timor-Leste. Since then, they have lost three and drawn one, including a 6-0 thumping at the hands of Palestine.

As a result, Malaysia have slipped to 174 in the FIFA world rankings.

However, Kim Swee believes they can get back on the right track when they face Timor-Leste in an Asian Cup qualifying playoff doubleheader on June 2 and June 6.

Should his charges secure a win, they will qualify for the Asian Cup group stage.

“Ranking is important for us, but let us look at the Timor Leste match first…winning this match will enable us to play in the Asian Cup group stage and provide us with the opportunity to further improve our ranking,” the 45-year-old told The Star Online.

“My predecessor didn’t have enough matches [to improve on the world ranking], but this time, we have ample matches. We have also planned to play six friendlies during the next FIFA international calendar in September to November…they will serve as a build-up to the AFF Suzuki Cup.”

In an effort to inject new life into the team, Kim Swee has called up 11 new faces to the national squad of 25, including Amirulhadi Zainal from club Johor Darul Ta’zim and Khair Jones from Malacca.