Thursday, April 16, 2015

SEA Games football draw balanced - Kim Swee

PETALING JAYA, April 15 (Bernama) - National Under-23 (U- 23) head coach Datuk Ong Kim Swee regards the SEA Games football draw in Singapore today as balanced.

In the draw made at SportsSG Auditorium, Singapore Sports Hub, Malaysia were drawn in Group B together with Thailand, Vietnam, Timor Leste, Laos and Brunei.

Hosts Singapore were drawn in the easier Group A with Indonesia, Myanmar, Cambodia and the Philippines.

"Thailand and Vietnam are our man rivals. We need to be at our best when playing against these two teams," he told reporters after the friendly match between the U-23 team and MK Land Football Club at Wisma FAM in Kelana Jaya here, today.

The national U-23 squad won 2-0 with goals scored by Rozaimi Ab Rahman and Muhammad Akram Mahinan in the second half.

Kim Swee said the national team is not under great pressure unlike two years ago when Malaysia arrived in Myanmar as defending champions having own the gold medal at the 2011 Jakarta SEA Games.

Asked about the potential of Matthew Davies, he said it was too early to assess the skills of the Australian-born player called up for third phase training.

"Matthew Davies has potential but we must him some time as he just arrived one week ago. He will be in better shape after one month," said Kim Swee.

Davies,20, who last played for Perth Glory in the Australian Football League joined Pahang in the second transfer window earlier this month.

The defender who has a Malaysian mother and an Australian father is eligible to represent Malaysia after getting his Malaysia citizenship recently.


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