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Amri Yahyah goal gives Malaysia first WCQ win over Timor Leste in Group A

JDT winger Amri Yahyah opened the scoring for Malaysia against Timor Leste. Photo credit:

Malaysia secured their second straight victory under interim coach Ong Kim Swee by defeating Timor Leste 1-0 in an AFC World Cup qualifier in Dili on Tuesday.

A 10th minute goal by evergreen forward Amri Yahyah proved the difference between the two nations as the Malaysians picked up their first win in Group A in the second round of qualifying.

The positive result came five days after Harimau Malaya broke their winless streak for 2015 by beating Laos 3-1 in a friendly in Bangkok on Thursday.


Former Fulham boss Meulensteen interested in Malaysia national job

Former Manchester United assistant Meulensteen lost nine of 13 games as Fulham manager in the 2013-2014 season.

Former Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen is looking to resurrect his coaching career in Malaysia.

Sources have told ESPN FC that the 51-year-old is one of the overseas applicants for the Malaysian national job, which is due to be filled by the end of the year.

Meulensteen was in charge of Fulham for 13 games in the 2013-2014 season, winning just three of those matches and losing nine before being sacked during a season in which the London club were relegated.

Previously, Meulensteen was in charge...

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Christie double against Laos helps Malaysia win first international of 2015

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson break down Malaysia's first win of the 2015 season and the FIFA sanctions after the Saudi Arabia crowd trouble back in early September.

Malaysia finally won their first senior international of 2015 with a 3-1 victory over Laos in a friendly in Bangkok on Thursday night.

The confidence-boosting result came as the Malaysians prepare for Tuesday's AFC 2018 World Cup qualifier against Timor Leste in Dili under interim coach Ong Kim Swee.

After it was 0-0 at halftime, Malaysia scored twice in three second half minutes to grab control of the game against the 181st ranked Laotians.

Felda United winger Christie Jayaseelan struck five minutes...

Darby: Laos keen to prolong Malaysia's winless run in 2015

Laos will be hoping to condemn Malaysia to another defeat in Bangkok on Thursday night.

Laos national coach Steve Darby says that his team will look to extend Malaysia's winless streak this year when the two nations meet in a friendly in Bangkok on Thursday. 

The Malaysians, who have failed to taste victory at senior level in 2015, are using the match against Laos as a warm-up for next Tuesday's AFC World Cup Group A qualifier against Timor Leste in Dili. Laos play Myanmar in Bangkok in Group G on the same day.

"We will be doing our best to continue their run as we haven't been...

Malaysia coach Ong accepts FIFA sanctions, keen to alter scoreline

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson discuss Malaysia's performance against Saudi Arabia up until the match had to be abandoned due to fans throwing flares on the field.

Malaysia interim coach Ong Kim Swee says he accepts FIFA's sanctions stemming from crowd trouble at last month's home AFC World Cup qualifier, but questions the decision to award Saudi Arabia a 3-0 victory.

The Malaysians were trailing 2-1 at Shah Alam Stadium in the 88th minute when a section of fans fired flares and smoke bombs onto the pitch, forcing the Group A match on Sept. 8 to be abandoned.

Football's governing body fined Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) 40,000 Swiss francs ($41,212)...