KUALA LUMPUR (7 Feb 2012) – Ong Kim Swee, the chief coach of the Malaysian Olympic team, was disappointed with the loss to Bahrain this week with focus yet an issue with the squad that has yet to collect a point after four matches.
Just like it was in Kuala Lumpur at the end of last year, the Malaysians were enroute to picking up their first point in the competition but fell to a late strike from the homesters in Manama.
”I am disappointed that the players lost focus after scoring the equalizer. They allowed Bahrain to score a later goal and denied us the draw,” said Kim Swee.
“In an international match like this, one mistake can be very costly and it showed in the last two games that we played. But the players still deserved some credit as they fought hard after being a goal down to score the equalizer.”
In the fourth match of Group C of the third round of the Asian qualifiers for the 2012 Olympic Games, the Malaysians fell to a Mohamed Tayed Al Alawi’s goal on 25 minute before substitute Ahmad Hazwan Bakri scored the equalizer five minutes to the end.
But Bahrain made sure of the full points when Hussain Farhan nailed the winner three minutes later.
Malaysia’s next game in the qualifiers will be against Japan on 22 February 2012 at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil.