It has been ages …… and I mean ages, that I have paid any notice to the soccer games played by Malaysia (let alone the local league).

No one can really blame me ….. someone who has watched the likes of Raja Bola Abdul Ghani Minhat, Shahruddin Abdullah of Penang, Syed Ahmad of Perak, James Wong of Sabah and Mokhtar Dahari of Selangor.

What about central defenders M. Chandran, Soh Chin Aun and Santokh Singh.

Not to mention the wingers in Wong Choon Wah, Abdullah Ali, Isa Bakar, Hassan Sani and Zulkifli Norbit …. and our classy midfielders like N. Thanabalan, Shukor Salleh, Hamzah Hussein.

There were the goalkeeping greats like Chow Chee Keong, Wong Kam Fook, Lim Fung Kee, Arumugam and Rashid Hassan.

My apologies for missing out the other greats.

After so much under-achievement since, when Malaysia won the SEA Games gold recently, we could not be blamed for thinking the achievement as a ‘flash in the pan’.

When I subsequently caught glimpses of the quality of play in the recent Malaysia Cup final between Kelantan and Negeri Sembilan, it dawned on me that the foundation work put in years ago with developing the juniors is finally paying off.

The achievement of the Malaysian team entering the final of the Suzuki Cup for Asean countries is a culmination of planning and hard work by the FAM over the last few years. click HERE

Kudos to them.

This reminds me of the similar effort made by the badminton, bowling, squash, cycling and diving teams who achieved decent results, by world standards, after many years of hard work (forgive me if I have excluded other sports that deserve equal praise).

Maybe the government of Malaysia could take some of the principles & philosophies adopted by those sporting fraternities ….. for application in the other sectors of Malaysian society.

One will realize that one commonality amongst these successful entities is that politics was not allowed to hinder its development!

Good point for Najib to ponder upon.



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Malaysia has never entered the world cup final round. So actually we were not that great …

Comment by kamal h

We were the ‘nearly there’ footballing nation from Asia. We were up there with the likes of Korea and Japan. We were even ahead of the Middle Eastern countries (possibly except for Israel then). But in the game of ‘Snakes and Ladders’, Malaysia got bitten by the ‘Snake of Corruption’ and the country spiralled downwards to the doldrums!

If not for that Snake, we may have already been into the final rounds of the World Cup.

It is therefore essential that we eat humble pie and start from the bottom rung again.

Anyway, it makes the Suzuki Cup win all the sweeter!!

Comment by scwatch

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