'Malaysians are talented but not strong enough'
“Some players from Terengganu are going to enjoy stints in Europe...either England, Portugal or Holland.”
Those were the words of T-Team coach Peter Butler (pic).
This came about after the author contacted Butler just before appearing on Nadi Arena on Saturday regarding former SC Beira-Mar player Nazmi Faiz Mansor.
SC Beira-Mar had, in an email, revealed that “In the next season we will bring one or two players from Malaysia, who will be chosen by Peter Butler.”
“Who told you?” was Butler’s first response when asked over the contents of the email by the Portugal club.
“Look, clubs from England, Portugal...they call me all the time asking about talents in the country.
“Honestly, the Malaysian players are a talented lot but talent alone is not enough to survive in Europe. They are still not strong enough and it will take some time before Malaysian players make it abroad,” he added.
Nazmi Faiz Mansor courted controversy on and off the field with his sudden return from Europe.
Dubbed by many as the next big thing for Malaysian football, Nazmi had been rather emotional on his tweets with many speculating him leaving Beira-Mar due to “personal matters”.
There are also those who question Nazmi’s link with PKNS FC, adding a boy of his talent would surely settle for a "bigger team".
PKNS coach Abdul Rahman Ibrahim had said that he was happy having Nazmi on board.
“I was told Nazmi was approached by several clubs before signing up with us. We’re not Darul Takzim or ATM so when a lad like Nazmi is eager to join us, I’m happy,” Abdul Rahman added.
Meanwhile, the author would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Chinese New Year as we usher in the Year of the Snake today.
May we all enjoy a blessed year ahead and stay away from the many “two-legged snakes” around us.
HD says: Gong Xi Fa Chai!