The Harimau Muda team’s dream of playing in the Slovakian National League (Division Two) has gone up in smoke.
The much-talked about competitive stint is not possible any more as the Slovakian League has kicked off a fortnight ago, throwing a spanner in the works of coach Ong Kim Swee’s build-up to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics.
Datuk Razali Ibrahim, the Deputy Youth and Sports Minister, said in a statement yesterday three options were available for the FA of Malaysia (FAM) to choose to expose the Harimau Muda team.
“The Harimau Muda can opt to play 12 warm-up matches in Slovakia against professional clubs similar to their previous three-month stint in February with an additional four international friendlies against countries around the region.
“The second option is for the players to go on attachment training stint with the South Korea Football Association and Cardiff City, an English Second Division outfit.
“The third option is to send the team on a playing tour overseas. The cost of funding the team for the three is more or less the same,” said Razali, adding that their ultimate aim was to find the most affective training programme suitable for the players.
A final decsion will be made at tomorrow’s FAM congress.- the star