Dollah Salleh: I need more time with the players

With the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying stages edging closer, Malaysia head coach Dollah Salleh has called for players to be released early to join the national squad.

Dollah feels that he would not be able to get the most out of his players if the preparation time is not sufficient.

When quizzed about Malaysia being placed in Pot Five of the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying draw for the AFC region, he responded that it does not matter.

“[Whether we are in Pot Four or Five] it is never easy when it comes to qualifying for the World Cup,” he said after a press conference to announce the upcoming Tottenham Hotspur’s visit to Malaysia.

“What I really need is that the football associations and clubs will release the players early for international duty [because] I need more time with the players and work with them.

“Right now, we are in the process of getting that sorted so that I can spend more time with them [in the future].

“It is not easy when I only get two or three days to work with them before playing in a match,” he said, referring to the 6-0 defeat at Oman recently.

Dollah also commented on the Harimau Malaya’s slide in the FIFA Rankings, from 153rd to 164th – their worst position in two years.

“We will definitely do our best to ensure that we will move up and not the other way,” he vowed.