Sunday, January 4, 2015

AFF Suzuki Cup & FAM

1) AFF Suzuki cup just ended. Malaysia ending this year tournament as runner up to Thailand.

2) There are several weakness shown by Harimau Malaya squad during the tournament such as:
  • Players lacked in fitness, they cannot withstand full 90 minutes - The result of all games against Thailand proved that.
  • To much dependence on old timer/senior players, due to no potential new comers/young players.
3) To make matter even worst, FAM decided to changes limit on foreign players, see here. This decision was made after FAM succumbed to the demands from clubs and state teams to field 4 foreign players simultaneously. The reason given, to increase competition for local players, thereby will produce bunch of good quality of local players which eventually will benefit our national team.

4) However since the arrival of foreign players in our national league, we have seen most of clubs and state teams fielding foreign players in most important department i.e.  forward, defend etc. Thus have affected our national team in 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup. Hence left Dollah Salleh with short of options, that requiring him to rely on senior players who are in the twilight of their carrier. In all 4 games against young side of Thailand, Harimau Malaya fell in the dying time - even though sometimes fared better than Thailand.

5) FAM have made a lot of mistakes in the past, hence impede the development of our national football. Again FAM seems making another mistake after another. They never learn the past mistake, and continuously heading yet another spiral downward.   

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