Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Hats off to you Tengku Abdullah and your team

There are wise men in the FA of Malaysia executive committee and they should be commended for their decision to have a rethink about readmitting foreign players to the M-League.
Reports today said that the FA of Malaysia will only lift the ban on foreign players after it settles several in-house issues, mostly involving affiliates, and the decision should be lauded.
"We will conduct a holistic study. Time is not the essence. Our priority is to put our house in order before making changes," the FAM deputy president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah was quoted as saying after chairing the executive committee meeting at Wisma FAM in Kelana Jaya yesterday.
 "We don't want to make hasty decisions. Several in-house issues need to be solved first. We want our teams to comply with all conditions before we lift the ban on foreign players.
"Right now, some teams have not complied with EPF requirements and other conditions.Yes, we want to raise the standard of our local league but we want to do it constructively," he was quoted in the New Straits Times today.
He is also added that the new format will be constructed in accordance with national team's international assignments so as to enable the national team to train more regularly before competitions.
At least there are still officials who place emphasis on the national team and are not selfish just thinking of their own teams in their State.
Many had tried to bulldoze the re-entry of foreign players and even a seminar was held to champion their cause, but commonsense has prevailed in the end.
There is still hope for Malaysian soccer if wise and decisions with long term goals are made.
Yesterday was definitely one instance where a decision was taken with the interest of game and not self interest!

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