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Coach Ong Kim Swee: "Losing Cambodia U22 is very normal"

Coach Ong Kim Swee:

After losing Cambodia U22, Malaysia U22's team manager Ong Kim Swee said he felt sad about the result, but not surprise.

At the 30th SEA Games men's football, Malaysia U22 was eliminated in the group stage. In the last match, they needed at least a victory to advance to the semi-final.

However, Malaysia U22 ended that game with losing by a 1-3 score. It is one of the most disappointing results of Malaysian football in competitions in Southeast Asia in recent years. But from the perspective of head coach Ong Kim Swee, he did not surprise about it.

"Of course things would not have been like this", said Malaysia U22's team manager. "We did not play well against Cambodia U22 as well as other opponents".

"Our players worked hard, created some chances but we were not able to convert them into goals. Cambodia was a better team than us, thus, congratulations to them. Moreover, we were also affected by the schedule".

Ong Kim Swee pointed out that many Malaysia U22 players did not have much time to rest after playing in the World Cup qualification round.

Moreover, the tight schedule of men's football also made them exhausted. But the most important is the development of teams such as Cambodia, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Laos. As a result, Malaysia cannot beat them easily as they did five or six years ago.