Five candidates who can take over as Young Lions coach

Following Aide Iskandar’s relinquishing of his role, FFT’s Gary Koh takes a look at the most plausible candidates who can rebuild the confidence-stricken side.

Singapore Under-23s’ boss Aide Iskandar announced his resignation after his young charges bowed of the group stages of the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

Nevertheless, there are several coaches present who can prepare a rebound for when Malaysia host the tournament two years from now.

Ong Kim Swee

With three SEA Games football campaigns under his belt, the former Malaysia midfielder and current coach possesses the know-how to perform in tournament football.

Largely credited for grooming the likes of Fadhli Shas, Mahali Jasuli and Gary Robbat while at Harimau Muda, the Malaccan stands a level above his contemporaries due to his coaching philosophies and demands for excellence.

Malaysia Under-23’s similar group stage exit this SEA Games has nevertheless been a rare blip in his career, meaning his contract with the Football Association of Malaysia is unlikely to be renewed and perhaps making it time for the 44-year-old to head south and rejuvenate his coaching career.