The Malaysian coach spoke up amid rumors of being fired after the match against U23 Vietnam

The Malaysian U23 team has been officially eliminated from the U23 Asian Finals, after two big defeats against Korea U23 1-4 and Thailand U23 0-3. After two matches, coach Brad Maloney’s army did not win any points, ranked at the bottom of Group C and no longer had the opportunity to continue, although there was still 1 match to meet. U23 Vietnam in the last turn on 8/6.

This is Malaysia’s second consecutive defeat, after failing to reach the goal of winning a medal at the 31st SEA Games in Vietnam last month. This makes Malaysian football fans very frustrated and angry.

A wave of demands to sack coach Brad Maloney broke out on social media. Fans even flocked to the homepage of the Football Federation of Malaysia (FAM) to leave critical comments, and ask FAM to quickly terminate the contract with the 50-year-old leader.

Facing reactions from fans, FAM President Hamidin Mohd Amin said he would wait for a detailed report from coach Maloney after the match against U23 Vietnam, then make a decision on the future of the Australian strategist. The contract between the two parties is valid until December 2023.

On the New Straits Times today, coach Maloney spoke for the first time about his future. He said: “Continuing or not continuing to lead Malaysia U23 is now beyond my authority. I myself will discuss this issue with relevant parties when the team returns home.”

The Australian strategist also took responsibility for the defeat of Malaysia U23 at the Asian U23 Championship: “I admit we did not play well. It was disappointing when U23 Malaysia lost to Thailand. Our last two goals conceded. against Korea was not fair to us. But against Thailand, we didn’t play well.”

According to the New Straits Times, in the event that coach Brad Maloney is fired, FAM can appoint assistant coach Pau Marti Vicente of the Malaysian national team, as the interim coach of this country’s U23 team.

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