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2019 AFF U18 Youth Championship: Malaysia U18 coach looks forward to confronting Vietnam, Thailand and Australia

2019 AFF U18 Youth Championship: Malaysia U18 coach looks forward to confronting Vietnam, Thailand and Australia

Malaysia has newly appointed coach of U18 football team, Mr. Brad Maloney, and looks forward to confronting Vietnam, Thailand and Australia at the 2019 AFF U-18 Youth Championship next month.

The ASEAN youth championship will be held in Vietnam from August 6th to 19th, where Harimau Malaya's juniors will be pitted against homeowners of Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Singapore and Australia in Group B.

Meanwhile, Group A of the 12-team tournament will include Myanmar, Indonesia, Laos, Timor-Leste, Philippines and Brunei.

Maloney, a former Australian player, was chosen by the Malaysian Football Federation (FAM) to replace Bojan Hodak, who took Malaysia to the 2018 South East Asian Championship title in Indonesia last year.

“This is a tough tournament when we face Vietnam, Thailand and Australia. In theory, there are three candidate teams. But this challenge will be very good for our players in reaping international experience”, Maloney told the New Straits Times.

2019 AFF U18 Youth Championship: Malaysia U18 coach looks forward to confronting Vietnam, Thailand and Australia

Maloney is an assistant to the coach of Malaysia U23's Ong Kim Swee since 2014 and is very excited to work with the Malaysian youth football.

“I look forward to working with Mokhtar Dahari Academy's young players as well as other training camps, in an effort to develop a formidable team. Ideally, from here, it will enable players to enter the national U23 squad and high-level teams", he told the chromosome.

“FAM has an idea of how to work with players and coaches who can create connections in teams. This will ensure natural growth and also promote transparency, and that is the idea behind it, ”he said of being appointed after Hodak's success.

"From here, people will feel comfortable working together and hope it will contribute to the development of players in every way," said the 47-year-old coach.