The national Olympic squad have to improve their game to assail to a higher level such as the Olympics, said chief coach Ong Kim Swee.
He said the quality of the game displayed by his players in the encounter against Blue Samurai in Group C of the 2012 Asian Zone Olympic Qualifiers tonight showed that they had not reached a level that Malaysia could be proud of.
"We've got to make a lot of improvements if we want to compete against great football nations such as Japan," he told reporters after Harimau Muda A (Olympic) squad lost 0-4 to Japan at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
Kim Swee also admitted that the defeat was also due to his mistake in failing to map out an effective strategy.
Japan will meet Bahrain in an away match while Malaysia will play against Syria on a neutral ground in Jordan, both on March 14.