Lim Teong Kim was dismissed as the national U-16 head coach by the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) just hours after Malaysia were eliminated from the 2018 AFC U-16 Championship.

His dismissal was confirmed by FAM secretary-general Stuart Ramalingam on Thursday.

"The decision was made based on the national team's performance of failing to get past the group stage.

"Dato' Hamidin has instructed FAM deputy president Dato' Sri Subahan Kamal to call the Technical and Youth Development Football Committee for a meeting with FAM technical director Peter de Roo immediately to form a selection panel to look for a new national U-16 head coach and provide their suggestions to be decided at the next FAM executive committee meeting," he was quoted saying.

Stuart stressed that Lim had no formal contract with the FAM as he is contracted to the Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS) through the National Sports Council.

"The FAM's authority is limited to appointments of the head coach and his assistants, but Teong Kim still has a contract with his employer.

"It is up to the KBS to decide on Teong Kim's future," he added.

At the AFC U-16 Championship, Malaysia finished bottom of Group A after beating Tajikistan 6-2 and losing to Thailand (4-2) and Japan (2-0).

It also ended their chances of qualifying for the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup.