Pathetic state of Malaysian football……..
I have been a keen follower of Malaysian football since the early 80s but I always end up disappointed and frustrated with the development of the sports in Malaysia. It’s going downhill but nothing concrete seems to be done by the authorities. I believe it’s not the players but the management to blame. Read this article from NST which I totally agreed!
IT took me a while to get my thoughts together to write this piece, as I have still not overcome the disappointment that Malaysia are out of the football competition.
Many friends told me they would not make the final, but I had hoped they would.
But after having witnessed the match against Singapore, I can rightfully say the Malaysian players must shoulder the blame for the 1-1 draw which sent them packing.
To concede a goal from a throw-in is disgraceful and that is what Malaysia did as they stood ball-watching and Agu Casimir headed home.
Back home, FA of Malaysia president Sultan Ahmad Shah has ordered a post-mortem, which we have heard of so many times before.
Sultan Ahmad Shah also wants feedback from FAM deputy president Khairy Jamaluddin and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said, both of whom watched the match.
I would like to ask FAM a question though.
What has happened to the post-mortem of the Asian Cup fiasco in July?
Till today, the report has not been tabled at the Cabinet Committee for Sports. What are the findings and why is the report not made public yet. Or has the report been swept under the carpet?
FAM should not forget that Malaysia were humiliated in the Asian Cup five months later, nothing has been said and here we are ready to embark on another post-mortem.
There are so many more things that can be said but they will be mere repetitions.
Malaysia failed to make the semi-finals of the Sea Games and, sure, there has to be a report but are we going to disband this team and start afresh?
Fifteen from this squad will still be eligible for the 2009 edition and work must start now.
The Merdeka Tournament victory was a fluke, the Sea Games result a stark reality.
Malaysian football is still very much in the dark ages and light will only come through once we stop with the rhetoric and start working at the grassroots.