His young team have caught the eye of neutral fans this season with their brand of quick, attacking football.
But Harimau Muda coach Ong Kim Swee is concerned that the spectre of match-fixing will take away the gloss of his team's performances.
Former S-League players Kim Jae Hong and Jeon Byung Euk were convicted of match-fixing last Friday, after trying to influence the league match between the Malaysian team and Geylang United last Thursday.
Harimau Muda beat Geylang 2-0 at the Jalan Besar Stadium and are second in the 13-team table, while the Eagles are last with seven points.
The coach, who also leads the Malaysian national Under-23 side, was shocked and surprised at the news, sentiments shared by members of the football fraternity contacted by The New Paper yesterday.
More in The New Paper on Sunday (May 6).