Ong Kim Swee

Ong Kim Swee (Chinese: 王金瑞; pinyin: Wáng Jīn Ruì) is a Malaysian football manager and former footballer, who is the Head coach of Malaysia Super League club Sabah. He spent most of his career playing for East Malaysian teams, notably Sarawak and Sabah during the mid 1990s.[1] Ong currently serves as the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM)'s Technical Director effective 1 January 2021.[2][3]

Ong Kim Swee
Personal information
Full name Ong Kim Swee
Date of birth (1970-12-11) 11 December 1970 (age 51)
Place of birth Malacca, Malaysia
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Sabah (head coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1992 Malacca
1993–1994 Sarawak
1994–1997 Sabah
1998 Malacca
National team
1990–1991 Malaysia Olympic 8 (1)
1994–1995 Malaysia 5 (0)
Teams managed
2004–2005 Malacca
2009–2014 Harimau Muda A
2011–2015 Malaysia U-23
2014 Malaysia (interim)
2015–2017 Malaysia
2017–2019 Malaysia U-22
2017–2019 Malaysia U-23
2021 Malaysia (technical director)
2021– Sabah
*Club domestic league appearances and goals


Playing careerEdit

Ong began his career as a player for Malacca in the early 1990s. He was a member of the Malaysia Olympic teams nicknamed Barcelona 1992 under Chow Kwai Lam.[1][4] In 1993, Ong joined Sarawak FA for whom he played two seasons before being controversially transferred to Sabah FA in late 1994. With Sabah, he won the Malaysia FA Cup in 1995 and M-League in 1996.[1] He retired in 1998 because of an injury while playing for Malacca.[5]

Ong made his full international debut against Kuwait on 22 September 1994. He was a member of the Malaysian squad for the 1994 Asian Games and also played for a Malaysian Selection side who famously held Flamengo to a 1–1 draw in an exhibition match in 1995.[1]

Managerial careerEdit

Ong coached Malacca FA in 2005. In 2009, Ong took over as head coach of Harimau Muda from K. Rajagopal. He won the 2009 Malaysia Premier League with Harimau Muda that year.[1] He was the manager of the Malaysia national under-23 football team which competed in the 2012 Olympic Qualifiers and 2011 Southeast Asian Games.[4]

Ong also coached the club side of Malaysia U-23 squad, Harimau Muda A, who competed in Australia's National Premier Leagues Queensland in 2014.[6][7] In 2015, Ong was appointed as head coach of Malaysia national football team after the resignation of the previous coach Dollah Salleh. Ong previously had hold the post on an interim basis in 2014 before Dollah was appointed. Despite a series of disappointing results in the World Cup qualification, Ong was handed a new two-year contract on 18 January 2016 in charge of the national team.[8]

Ong was re-designated as Malaysia U-22 head coach, replacing Frank Bernhardt, in March 2017 following the appointment of new FAM president Tunku Ismail Idris.[9] With the Malaysia U-22 team, Ong succeeded in reaching the final of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games football tournament on home soil, winning silver as the losing finalist to Thailand as well qualifying the team to the quarter-finals of 2018 AFC U-23 Championship. The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) announced the resignation of Datuk Ong Kim Swee after its technical director accepted the position as the new head coach of Sabah FA. [10][11][12][13]


Managerial honoursEdit

Harimau Muda
Malaysia U23 / U22

Personal HonoursEdit

Honour of Malaysia


  1. ^ a b c d e Subkhi Sudarji (30 November 2013). "Era baru Kim Swee" (in Malay). Sinar Harian. Archived from the original on 29 June 2018. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Confirmed: Kim Swee is FAM Technical Director". Bernama. 4 January 2021. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  3. ^ "Datuk Ong Kim Swee Diumum Pengarah Teknikal FAM". FAM (in Malay). 4 January 2021. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  4. ^ a b Cheryl Poo (24 November 2011). "Ong's passion for the beautiful game earns him glory at SEA Games". The Star. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  5. ^ Sabah Football History - ToraBola Officials.
  6. ^ "Kim Swee's boys complete Aussie tour in style". Bernama. Astro Awani. 5 February 2013. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Malaysia Under 23 To Compete In NPL Queensland". SportsTG. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  8. ^ Jason Dasey (18 January 2016). "Malaysia national coach for next two years is interim boss Ong Kim Swee". ESPN International. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  9. ^ Zulhilmi Zainal (26 March 2017). "Kim Swee grateful for return to Malaysia U23 head coach role". Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  10. ^ Ajitpal Singh (27 August 2017). "KL2017: Kim Swee on the verge of creating history". New Straits Times. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  11. ^ "Ong Kim Swee, One-on-One: Sackings, silver medals and big offers from Indonesia". FourFourTwo. 23 September 2017. Archived from the original on 29 June 2018. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  12. ^ Gabriel Tan (18 January 2018). "Malaysia, Vietnam surprise at AFC U-23 while Thailand falter". Fox Sports Asia. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  13. ^ Zulhilmi Zainal (21 January 2018). "Ong Kim Swee wants to build on historic achievement with consistency". Yahoo! News Australia. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  14. ^ "Star-studded awards ceremony". Bernama. The Star. 14 October 2013. Retrieved 22 October 2018.

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