Rajnikandh wants OKS

B. Rajnikandh has called for Ong Kim Swee to be considered as the full-time head coach of the Harimau Malaya.

Ong, who is also the head coach of the national Under-23 side, has been overseeing the Malaysia national team since former coach K. Rajagopal left the position at the end of last year.

Many have voiced their support for the current interim coach to be given the full-time role, with former national player Rajnikandh now joining the bandwagon.

“He has a good and proven track record,” referred the retired defender to Ong’s success in the 2011 SEA Games and 2013 Merdeka Tournament.

While Rajnikandh, who was speaking to FourFourTwo at the ‘Rev-kan Your Padang’ press conference, admitted that Ong might not get the job, he felt the responsibility should always be given to a local coach.

“I am of the opinion that a local coach should be in charge of the national team.

“I am not saying a foreign coach will not be able coach our boys; it is just that he will not know a lot about the players.

“It is not like [club football] where a coach can get any players he wants [to build a team that fits his vision]. For international football, the coach is stuck with the same pool of players at his disposal.

“So, we might as well go with a local and proven coach because he understands the local football scene better than a foreign one.”