FAM to bring back the ‘glory days’

Malaysia Super League: Leandro Velasquez GOLAZO for JDT

The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) has promised to return the national team to its glory days after the embarrassing defeats suffered in recent World Cup and Asian Cup qualifying campaign matches.

Malaysia are currently bottom of Group A in the qualifying tournament after earning just one point from their four games thus far.

The Tigers opened their campaign with a 1-1 draw at home against minnows East Timor, lost 6-0 to Palestine at home, suffered a 10-0 drubbing away to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and lost 2-1 to Saudi Arabia at home.

FAM has moved quickly to appease the team’s livid fans, who caused the game against Saudi Arabia to be stopped in the 88th minute when they threw lit flares onto the pitch at the Shah Alam Stadium.

"We know football fans are disappointed with what is happening to Malaysian football and the incident (at the qualifying match)," FAM deputy president Afandi Hamzah told Asia One.

"Hence, at this meeting we decided that we need to bring back Malaysian football to its glory days with a greater focus on developing grassroots talent, enhancing local leagues and improving FAM itself.”

The defeat against Saudi Arabia was Ong Kim Swee first match in charge as caretaker coach, following Dollah Salleh’s resignation just two days after the 10-0 defeat to the UAE.

The defeats have seen Malaysia slip to 169th on the world rankings, just one place above the nation’s all-time low of 170th.