Malaysia boss admits failure after Suzuki Cup exit

Malaysia boss Ong Kim Swee admits he “failed” after missing out on qualification to the knock-out rounds of the AFF Suzuki Cup.

A 1-0 defeat to Myanmar in Malaysia’s final Group B game on Saturday night saw them exit the tournament after finishing behind both Myanmar and Vietnam in the round-robin stage.

Ong’s side struggled to find a breakthrough against co-hosts Myanmar and their second successive defeat scuppered any hopes of reaching the semi-finals of the competition.

Despite being without several players from Malaysian champions Johor Darul Ta’zim and only penning a two-year contract in January, Ong’s position could now come under scrutiny and he admits his side have not been up to scratch.

“I failed. The target was the final, and we did not even make the semi-finals,” Ong said.

“The [FA of Malaysia] have been behind me all of the way, but certain matters were out of our hands.

“I cannot tell this batch that they were not good enough. They fought hard, and almost made it, and I can’t ask any more from them.

“We have to look at some young players when we get home, and build a team.”