5 things Malaysia can learn from SEA Games failure

FFT’s Kenneth Tan picks out five things that neighbours Malaysia can learn from their early exit in the 2015 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games football tournament… 

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You fail to plan, you plan to fail

The swords are coming out against the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) following their disappointing campaign and it’s not hard to see why.

Insufficient preparation doomed them from the start. As compared to previous editions of the Games, the class of 2015 was only gathered for a month and able to play three warm-up matches.  Meanwhile, Group A rivals Vietnam and Thailand played up a total of eight friendlies each.

It all started with FAM’s decision to reshuffle the Harimau Muda setup last December, forcing Ong Kim Swee’s A squad to spilt up. That move saw the likes of Fandi Othman, Gary Robbat and D Saarvindran defecting to various Malaysian Super League (MSL) sides. Meanwhile, those in Razip Ismail’s B squad, who were eliglible for the Games, became involved in the AFC Under-23 Championship qualifiers in March.

All these distractions left Ong with little time to prepare, as evidenced by their disjointed performances throughout the tournament.