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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Kedah boss Tan Cheng Hoe could fill in as Malaysia coach vs. North Korea

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and Stanley Bernard discuss the state of Malaysia ahead of their upcoming Asian Cup qualifiers.
Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts ask if Malaysia were right to request a neutral venue for their fixture with North Korea.
Kedah Coach Tan Cheng Hoe
Kedah boss Tan Cheng Hoe could take the reins of the national team before a permanent head coach is found.

The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) say they will name their new national head coach soon, ahead of their opening 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers in June.

The Malaysians will face North Korea on June 8 at a yet-to-be-confirmed venue, and Lebanon in home soil five days later.

"Our president (TMJ) has already been having discussions, but he does not want to reveal the potential candidates just yet," FAM secretary-general Datuk Hamidin Amin told Berita Harian.

"There are a few names we are looking...

 By Nicolas Anil

Malaysia ask AFC to play Asian Cup qualifiers at Johor's Larkin Stadium

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and Stanley Bernard discuss the state of Malaysia ahead of their upcoming Asian Cup qualifiers.
Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts ask if Malaysia were right to request a neutral venue for their fixture with North Korea.
FAM General Secretary Hamidin  at 2017 FAM Congress
FAM secretary general Hamidin says playing at Larkin Stadium will help Malaysia's strategy in Asian Cup qualifying.

The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) have asked the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for permission to shift their national team home base from Kuala Lumpur to Larkin Stadium in Johor Bahru.

This would start with the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifier against Lebanon on June 13.

There were ominous signs that such a request was on the cards after the Malaysian squad's equipment was transferred to the home of Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) to ensure better security. The move is also in line with the wish...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Malaysia could still play in North Korea, final decision in May - AFC

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and Stanley Bernard discuss the state of Malaysia ahead of their upcoming Asian Cup qualifiers.
Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts ask if Malaysia were right to request a neutral venue for their fixture with North Korea.

There is still a possibility that Pyongyang will host Malaysia's 2019 Asian Cup qualifier against North Korea in June, according to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

A statement released on Thursday said that a final decision on whether the third-round game would be played in the North Korean capital, or at neutral venue, will be made early next month.

If political tensions between the nations ease, Pyongyang could still stage the match. In the meantime, AFC will investigate possible neutral...

 By Nicolas Anil

TMJ has passion, optimism to help Malaysian football - AFC boss

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and Stanley Bernard discuss the state of Malaysia ahead of their upcoming Asian Cup qualifiers.
Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts ask if Malaysia were right to request a neutral venue for their fixture with North Korea.
Thailand
AFC general-secretary Windsor John says the expanded Asian Cup presents a good opportunity for ASEAN nations.

Asian Football Confederation (AFC) general-secretary Datuk Windsor John believes the landscape of the game could change with the appointment of three new presidents in Southeast Asia ahead of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers.

The Crown Prince of Johor (TMJ) became Malaysia's new football leader in March after Pol. Gen. Somyot Poompanmoung took charge as Thailand supremo the previous month.

Before that, Indonesia breathed new life into their leadership after returning from a FIFA ban with the appointment...

 By Jason Dasey

Bojan Hodak deserves chance to be Malaysia coach, not Mario Gomez

Jason Dasey and Brad Maloney look ahead to the ninth week of Malaysia Super League action.
Jason Dasey and Stanley Bernard discuss the Johor Prince's new role as FAM president after Tan Sri Annuar Musa withdrew from the race.
Jason Dasey and Brad Maloney break down an eventful slate of fixtures in the AFC Cup.
Bojan Hodak won six Malaysian trophies with Kelantan and JDT between 2012 and 2015.

KUALA LUMPUR -- The financial problems of Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) will turn out to be a blessing in disguise if it means that Croatian Bojan Hodak becomes national coach now that Argentina's Mario Gomez has ruled himself out.

Both men worked for the new FAM president at Malaysian champions Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT). Gomez was the first choice of the Crown Prince of Johor (TMJ), and due to take over last week until it was revealed that FAM are RM40 million (US$9 million) in debt.

Gomez...