Ong Kim Swee to decide on SEA Games squad after Indonesia qualification match

goal.com, 15 October 2019, 01:22
Malaysia have been handed a favourable draw in the coming men's football competition at the 2019 SEA Games.

BY ZULHILMI ZAINAL Follow on Twitter

Malaysia U-22's path in the coming men's football competition at the 2019 SEA (Southeast Asian) Games in Manila, the Phillippines is expected to be an easy one, following the draw that was conducted on Tuesday morning.

Datuk Ong Kim Swee's charges have been drawn in Group A for the group stage, avoiding the other tournament favourites Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam who have been drawn in Group B. The other teams in Group B are Laos, Singapore and Brunei.

Malaysia have been drawn in the group together with hosts Philippines, Myanmar, Cambodia and Timor-Leste. On top of avoiding the tougher sides, being drawn in Group A also will see Malaysia playing in only four group matches, as compared to the five that will be played by Group B teams.

Keputusan Undian Sukan SEA 2019 (Lelaki)

Skuad B-22 kebangsaan kendalian Datuk Ong Kim Swee telah diundi dalam Kumpulan A bersama Filipina, Myanmar, Kemboja & Timor-Leste bagi Sukan SEA 2019 di Filipina, 26 November hingga 9 Disember 2019.#FAM #HarimauMalaya #SEAGames2019 pic.twitter.com/4e2hCHfz7l

— FA Malaysia (@FAM_Malaysia) October 15, 2019 When met by the press, Kim Swee however downplayed the favourable result of the draw, highlighting the advantage had by the hosts.

"Sure, it looks easy on paper, but we can't underestimate the challenge as the other teams have been preparing early. The gap between the teams will be narrowed by the inclusion of two over-aged players, which will surely benefit the hosts Philippines.

"We need to take it one game at a time. Things will get tougher in the knockout stage, so we can't be thinking about the medal that we want for the time being. We are targeting a medal, but for now our focus is on the group stage," he explained.

Asked about his preparation plans for the centralised training, the former SEA Games gold medal winning coach remarked that his selection will only be made after the Malaysia senior team's World Cup qualification match against Indonesia on September 19.

"I will only decide on the two over-aged players after the senior team's match against Indonesia," said the 48-year old trainer. "Only after that we'll know whether they will be able to join my team. After all, boys like Safawi Rasid and Syamer Kutty Abba are already regular full internationals.

"The centralised camp will begin on November 4 with 25 players excluding those who will be with the senior team. We will play in one friendly match against a local side, and arrange another friendly with an international side. I'm still waiting for the teams' confirmations."

The men's football competition will take place from November 26 to December 9.

Meanwhile, in the women's competition, Malaysia have been drawn in Group A, with the competition played from November 28 to December 9.

Keputusan Undian Sukan SEA 2019 (Wanita)

Skuad bola sepak wanita kebangsaan kendalian Jacob Joseph telah diundi dalam Kumpulan A bersama Filipina & Myanmar bagi Sukan SEA 2019 di Filipina, 28 November hingga 9 Disember 2019.#FAM #HarimauMalaya #MalaysiaWomen #SEAGames2019 pic.twitter.com/mKLhXb6WMa

— FA Malaysia (@FAM_Malaysia) October 15, 2019 Follow Goal Malaysia s Instagram account!

View this post on Instagram

As far as football statues go, Zlatan's new one in Sweden stacks up very well

Top News
Lille coach hits out at Mourinho for hiring two of his assistants Juventus renew Cuadrado's contract until 2022 Sassuolo vs Lazio Match Preview Roma vs Brescia Match Preview Verona vs Fiorentina: Match Preview Bologna vs Parma Match Preview Mourinho asked what changed since claiming that he'd never coach Tottenham Kilmarnock vs Hearts Match Preview 'Xhaka loves Arsenal' - Emery considering return for midfielder after training ground talks 'It's about time!' - Liverpool fan Eriksson adamant Reds will break Premier League drought Mbokani’s brace powers Royal Antwerp past Gent Why is Celtic vs Rangers called the Old Firm Derby? Ederson ready to face Chelsea as Sane and Laporte step up comeback efforts U23 Afcon: Ghana and South Africa in Olympic qualification showdown Kwadwo Asamoah to be rested for Inter Milan's trip to Torino Hazard reveals he rejected multiple offers from PSG while at Chelsea prior to Real Madrid move Fiorentina's Kevin-Prince Boateng to create anti-racism task force in 2020 Cuadrado signs Juventus contract extension until 2022 Telkom Knockout Cup: This is a good time to face Kaizer Chiefs - Moseamedi Cecafa Women's Championship: Kenya defeat Uganda to set a date with Burundi Golden Arrows coach Komphela prays for rain against Mamelodi Sundowns Kaizer Chiefs defender Cardoso concerned by Mathoho, Akpeyi and Katsande suspensions Partey leads Ghana quartet in the running for Caf-FIFPro Africa Best XI place  Hibernian vs Motherwell Match Preview The spectacular Flamengo sendoff ahead of the Copa Libertadores final The reasons behind Pochettino's split from Tottenham Mourinho: I've made mistakes that I won't repeat, but I'll make new ones Celtic vs Livingston Match Preview Huracan vs Central Cordoba Match Preview Tuchel on Neymar's trip to Madrid: Obviously I'm not happy, but what can I do?
Top Games
Tambov
-
Lokomotiv Moscow
5.14 | 3.46 | 1.80
Today at 11:30
Shakhtar Donetsk
-
FK Lviv
Today at 12:00
Borussia Dortmund
-
SC Paderborn 07
1.17 | 8.02 | 15.62
Today at 14:30
Paris Saint Germain
-
Lille
1.23 | 6.49 | 13.16
Today at 14:45
Rubin
-
Zenit Saint Petersburg
7.92 | 4.26 | 1.47
Tomorrow at 06:00
Leganes
-
Barcelona
7.41 | 4.78 | 1.45
Tomorrow at 07:00
West Ham
-
Tottenham
4.38 | 4.36 | 1.75
Tomorrow at 07:30
Atalanta
-
Juventus
3.01 | 3.58 | 2.39
Tomorrow at 09:00
Bayer Leverkusen
-
SC Freiburg
1.49 | 4.79 | 6.46
Tomorrow at 09:30
Eintracht Frankfurt
-
VFL Wolfsburg
2.02 | 3.77 | 3.68
Tomorrow at 09:30
Fortuna Dusseldorf
-
Bayern Munich
13.22 | 7.46 | 1.20
Tomorrow at 09:30
Werder Bremen
-
FC Schalke 04
2.49 | 3.72 | 2.78
Tomorrow at 09:30
Arsenal
-
Southampton
1.51 | 4.63 | 6.56
Tomorrow at 10:00
Brighton
-
Leicester
3.76 | 3.62 | 2.06
Tomorrow at 10:00
Crystal Palace
-
Liverpool
7.54 | 4.79 | 1.45
Tomorrow at 10:00
Everton
-
Norwich
1.40 | 5.23 | 7.90
Tomorrow at 10:00
Celtic
-
Livingston
1.12 | 9.03 | 22.44
Tomorrow at 10:00
Betis
-
Valencia
2.49 | 3.46 | 2.94
Tomorrow at 10:00
Lyon
-
Nice
1.46 | 4.51 | 7.67
Tomorrow at 11:30
AC Milan
-
Napoli
3.31 | 3.63 | 2.21
Tomorrow at 12:00
Manchester City
-
Chelsea
1.44 | 5.20 | 6.78
Tomorrow at 12:30
Utrecht
-
AZ Alkmaar
2.97 | 3.76 | 2.31
Tomorrow at 12:30
Granada CF
-
Atletico Madrid
5.08 | 3.13 | 1.96
Tomorrow at 12:30
Ajax
-
Heracles
1.12 | 9.66 | 18.27
Tomorrow at 13:45
Torino
-
Inter
4.80 | 3.67 | 1.81
Tomorrow at 14:45
Real Madrid
-
Real Sociedad
1.37 | 5.72 | 7.66
Tomorrow at 15:00
Ural
-
Spartak Moscow
3.73 | 3.47 | 2.09
Sun 24 Nov, 06:00
Espanyol
-
Getafe
2.85 | 3.03 | 2.87
Sun 24 Nov, 06:00
Groningen
-
Feyenoord
3.27 | 3.73 | 2.17
Sun 24 Nov, 06:15
Hamilton Academical
-
Rangers
18.94 | 8.56 | 1.13
Sun 24 Nov, 07:15
HT: FT: ET: PN: