Funny, uh! Sitting at the 161 world position should make those in-charge of our soccer development grinning sourly or satisfied. Be proud of your efforts, pals!
Gone are the days of 70s and 80s where Malaysian football was at its best. Not much money then but the players were truly dedicated. Despite poor facilities, they became the real Malaysian Tigers!
I remember the days when it wasnt easy to get a ticket to watch football at Stadium Merdeka. It was always packed. Tickets were oftenly sold-out. You could even hear the roaring crowd from a few kilometers away.
We were a few levels above Japan, Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and others. We used to be No.1 in Asia. Each time when Malaysia took to the field, they sent shivers down their opponent's spine.
However, we are 5th at Asean ground today. Another achivement, I suppose. He he he... and please take a look at the stadiums around the country during a soccer match nowadays! So pathetic!
I remember talking to an old pal, Rashid Yusof in Bangsar Coffee Bean last week. I asked him to tell his boss that the training system and players selection should be changed.
How? This is just my idea. Choose players of 16 years of age and above, average height should be at least 1.75 metres and with a lot of interest in soccer. Most of all, each and every one of them must be able to play with BOTH LEGS.
Make them to kick the ball from the spot. Right foot first, then the left. See how they can benefit from equal skill of their legs. If they can kick, stop or pass the ball with only one leg, get rid of them. Eventually, we will get a team with 'dua-dua kaki hidup'.
Why not give it a try, FAM? Either you try or you cry...