Malaysia's rivals agree to showdown

Four of the five teams in Malaysia’s Group G of the pre-World Cup have agreed to shift their matches from March to June. The teams are Indonesia, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Malaysia, who proposed the change. Covid-19 struck conditions has forced the Asian Football Confederation have encouraged the countries to discuss and reach a consensus on suitable dates for the remaining World Cup qualifiers. FAM secretary-general Stuart Ramalingam said yesterday Indonesia, Thailand and UAE had responded positively to Malaysia’s suggestion to move the matches to June. FAM…

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A need to pull up their socks

NATIONAL coach Datuk Ong Kim Swee had planned to celebrate his birthday on Dec 10 watching his boys play in the football final – and win. Instead, he had to pack his bag early, and flew home to spend the day mulling over the fact that his contract will not be extended. The football team were an abject failure in the Philippines. They finished fourth in the easier Group A, ahead only of Timor Leste and behind Myanmar, Cambodia and the Philippines. Yes, they had to play on an artificial…

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