Pangong denies claims he is leaving Malaya Harimau

KUALA LUMPUR, March 30 (Bernama) – Harimau Malaya coach Kim Pangong has written to the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) denying reports that he is ready to leave the national team.

The 54-year-old South Korean said he has not sent any such letter to the national governing body and will focus on coaching the team until his contract ends.

“After reading the report, I immediately contacted FAM chairman Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin and explained the matter.

“I personally assured him that my mission with the Hari Mau Malaya team is not over yet and that I have no intention of leaving the team this way,” he said in a statement tonight on FAM’s official Facebook page. did.

At the same time, Pang’s main mission is to guide Malaysia to qualify for the third round of 2026 World Cup qualification and automatically qualify for the 2027 World Cup qualification. , stated that he will focus on coaching the team until his contract expires at the end of 2025. Asia Cup.

Earlier, local media reported that Pang Gong and his coaching staff had sent a letter expressing their position if he was forced to leave the national team.

Pangong recently lost two consecutive games to Oman 0-2 in Group D of the 2026 World Cup/2027 Asian Cup Qualifiers, and although they were at the top of the group, they fell to 3rd place with 6 points and had a tough time with the Harima Malayan fans. ing.

Malaysia, who are three points behind Oman and Kyrgyzstan, who share the top two spots, will face Kyrgyzstan in June to qualify for the third round of the 2026 World Cup qualifiers and secure first place. They are now faced with the mission of winning their remaining games against Taiwan, the bottom team. Earn early participation in the 2027 Asian Cup.

Harimau Malaya, who lost twice to Oman, are now without a win since January after five matches in their 2023 Asian Cup campaign, which included losses to Jordan and Bahrain in Qatar and a draw with South Korea in the group match.

— Bernama

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