This is with relation to the FA of Malaysia's (FAM) ruling that teams are allowed to sign up a maximum of four foreign players, one being from an Asean country, in the 2014 M-League season.
During Astro Arena's Formasi recently, I was asked, among others (including the National Development Football Programme and Ong Kim Swee taking playing caretaker coach after K. Rajagobal's contract was not extended), about this ruling.
Flanked by former international and newly signed Perlis coach Reduan Abdullah, I said:
1. Teams are allowed a maximum of four foreign players and NOT forced to sign up for imports
2. Rope in players within one's budget. Don't buy a Ferrari if all you can afford is a Perodua Kancil.
3. Teams tend to overspend resulting in wages owed - a problem that lingers in the M-League despite its professional status.
4. Local players need to buck up and fight for a spot upfront. If they are comfortable sitting on the sidelines, listening to their iPods while…
Imagine if you owned a Ferrari. You would think twice before going to a wet market. You would think three times if you wanted to drive it to Petaling Street for some charcoal stir-fried Hokkien Mee since there are no proper parking spaces. You would not bother driving it along Jalan Ampang from 7am to 8.45am on a weekday as you would only be travelling at less than 30kmph.
So it’s best you kept it at home where your neighbours admire it.
Now let’s look at the Malaysian identity card called MyKad.
It is technologically superior to any form of identification prior to 2001. It is able to store numerous details including driving licences, Touch ‘n Go and is even capable of doubling up as an ATM card.
MyKad was considered a breakthrough. Malaysia was hailed for introducing the world’s first national smart scheme to store biometric data on an in-built microchip by science portal newscientist.com on September 21, 2001.
An expert in computer security at Cambridge University Ross Anderson was then …
The FA of Malaysia (FAM) met over the weekend while Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin yesterday chaired the National Football Development Programme, with several fresh faces in its line-up.
Both meetings could have been conducted tactfully.
First let’s look at the decisions made by FAM.
The national body decided to increase the foreign quota in the M-League to four players despite knowing teams have only 11 days left before the Dec 4 Fifa deadline. Do FAM believe Fifa’s Transfer Matching System would allow an extension beyond the date? The press were informed that Datuk K. Rajagobal’s contract as national coach would not be extended. A source told Mailsport Rajagobal’s future was discussed as it was the “hot topic at present”.
Perhaps they forgot the other “hot topic” that has been lingering for years — demands to changes within FAM.
At press time #PresidenFAMSilaLetakJawatan was trending at the second spot on Twitter in Malaysia.
Speaking about the NFDP, some observers have taken the…
Here are some paragraphs from Vijhay Vick's article in The Malay Mail today:
1. The national body also prematurely decided on increasing the M-League foreign quota to four players, leaving Super League and Premier League teams in a mad rush to sign players 11 days before the Dec 4 Fifa deadline.
2. National coach K.Rajagobal refused to comment on the decision, opting to wait until FAM officially informs him.
3. When asked about (Harimau Muda A) Ong's (Kim Swee) contract extension, (FAM general secretary) Hamidin (Amin) would only say that “it would be discussed soon’’.
It would be interesting to see Ong as interim coach in addition to overseeing the National Under-23 squad when FAM have yet to even tie him down with a contract.
4. FAM will be hoping that Fifa’s Transfer Matching System (TMS) would allow an extension beyond to the Dec 4 transfer window deadline for foreigners.
Increase quota of players with only 11 days before deadline?
THE Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) have confirmed they will not renew Datuk K. Rajagobal’s contact as national coach, despite Malaysia having a slim chance of reaching the 2015 Asian Cup in Australia. Rajagobal’s contract ends on Dec 31, while Malaysia’s last Asian Cup qualifying match is against lowly Yemen.
ROYALE FOR THE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER AWARD100PLUS-ASTRO ARENA-FAM NATIONAL FOOTBALL AWARDS 2013
PETALING JAYA (21 Nov 2013) - Johor striker Norsharul
Idlan Talaha has been voted the Most Valuable Player at the 100PLUS-Astro Arena-FAM National Football Awards for the last three
years. His dreams of a fourth consecutive MVP crown, however, may not
materialise as there are several strong contenders for the prestigious award. “It was not easy coming up with this shortlist. We certainly took time to
observe these players throughout the season,” said Datuk Khaidir Buyong, the
honorary secretary of the Malaysian Football Coaches Association (MFCA). “Initially, we wanted to select just five players in each category but
in the end, we thought that six players would be fair. Now it is up to the
respective teams to select the best in 2013. Certainly, it will not be easy
pick,” Khaidir said. Norshahrul will be up against players like national teammate Mohd Amri
Yahyah, Mohd Norfar…
It would have been easy to point out what could have been done better in SuperMokh The Musical.
For starters, the younger generation – who only know the late Datuk Mokhtar Dahari as a former international – could have been educated about his younger days and how he picked up the art of dribbling.
Many would want to know more about Setapak-born Mokhtar – just like the many who enjoyed learning about cartoonist Datuk Mohammad Nor Khalid through Lat, the Musical.
I managed to watch SuperMokh at Istana Budaya on Friday night. Former international Reduan Abdullah and his family, who watched the show for the second time, were present and so was Mokhtar’s wife Tengku Zarina Tengku Ibrahim.
It was the same night Malaysia lost 1-0 to Bahrain in an Asian Cup qualifying match in Manama.
I was eager to see the life of my former SRK Jalan Kuantan senior played on stage.