The swine flu has again claimed a victim, of sorts. The National Under-18 team have been told to withdraw from the AFF U-19 Youth Championship at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on Aug 4-16 by the FA of Malaysia. Read harimaumuda.com here.
Eleven players come from schools nationwide and the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) and are not allowed to go overseas following the Ministry of Education's directive. It is believed, however, FAM were slow to react and appeal to the decision, which leaves coach Ong Kim Swee with only 14 players. Kim Swee who is also handling the Under-19 team in the Premier League, has yet to assemble the Under-18 team for a single competitive match this year.
Malaysia had earlier been drawn to play hosts Vietnam, Singapore and the Philippines in Ho Chi Minh.