Under the direction of coach Kim Pan-gon, the Malaysian team has made great strides in recent times. They won the right to attend the Asian Cup finals for the first time, not counting their two appearances as hosts in 1980 and co-hosts in 2007, where they lost all three group stage matches.
At the upcoming Asian Cup finals in Qatar, the Malaysian team falls into Group E with opponents such as Korea, Jordan and Bahrain. These are all opponents that are considered superior to coach Kim Pan-gon and his team, especially Korea is one of the championship candidates. However, coach Kim Pan-gon believes that the real pressure is on the opponent.
“I think they’re the ones who feel pressured to beat us,” Coach Kim Pan-gon shared with the official website of the World Football Federation (FIFA).
Kim Pan-gon will start leading Malaysia from January 2022. Since then, he helped Malaysia win 19 matches, two draws and six losses as well as qualify for the 2023 Asian Cup in Qatar. The 54-year-old tactician has a 3-year contract until December 2025.
The Malaysian team is in the process of focusing on preparing for the 2023 Asian Cup finals taking place in mid-January next year. Coach Kim Pan-gon and his team will meet Jordan on January 16 on the opening day of the continental tournament, play Bahrain on January 20 before closing the group stage campaign with a match against South Korea on January 25.
Nam Thanh | 17:44 December 31, 2023