Re­plac­ing foot­ball coach not the so­lu­tion — Khairy

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - SPORT -

KUALA LUMPUR: Re­plac­ing the coach is not the so­lu­tion to sal­vage the dras­tic drop in the stan­dard and per­for­mance of the Na­tional foot­ball team.

Youth and Sports Min­is­ter Khairy Ja­malud­din said the main rea­son for the Na­tional team’s poor per­for­mance is due to the re­sult of a poor de­vel­op­ment struc­ture in the past.

“Even if we change the coach now, we may not see any im­me­di­ate pos­i­tive im­prove­ment. There­fore what­ever de­ci­sion taken by the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion of Malaysia (FAM) in­volv­ing the coach, the new coach will also be sad­dled with the same prob­lem.

“To me, chang­ing the coach alone will not solve the prob­lem 100 per cent. The fail­ure is in the struc­ture from the past,” he told re­porters af­ter a TN50 Muafakat Aspi­rasi Gen­erasi Ba­haru Felda Di­a­logue at Me­nara Felda when com­ment­ing on a call by for­mer in­ter­na­tional Datuk San­tokh Singh to urge head coach Nelo Vin­gada to step down as a mark of re­spect to the lo­cal foot­ball fans.

Un­der Vin­gada who was ap­pointed to the post about six months ago, the Na­tional team has not won a sin­gle match af­ter seven out­ings and failed to qual­ify for the 2019 Asia Cup.

The lat­est in the list of de­feats were back to back 1-4 de­feats to North Korea in their Group B Asia Cup qual­i­fy­ing matches.

Apart from the losses in the Asia Cup qual­i­fy­ing, the Na­tional team had also lost both the friendly matches played un­der his charge, namely a 0-1 loss to Myan­mar and 1-2 de­feat to Syria.

Khairy also called on the lo­cal foot­ball fans to not pun­ish the Na­tional team or coach for their de­feats but con­tinue to pro­vide sup­port be­cause the fu­ture of foot­ball in the coun­try would im­prove in the next five years if the re­cent re­sults in age group com­pe­ti­tions was any in­di­ca­tion.

The Na­tional Un­der-16 squad un­der the Na­tional Foot­ball De­vel­op­ment Project qual­i­fied for the 2018 Asian Foot­ball Con­fed­er­a­tion (AFC Cup U-16) com­pe­ti­tion.

The Na­tional Un­der-19 squad qual­i­fied for the 2018 AFC Cup U19, com­pe­ti­tion while the Na­tional Un­der-23 squad un­der Datuk Ong Kim Swee cre­ated his­tory by qual­i­fy­ing for the AFC Cup Un­der-23 fi­nals in Jan­uary.

“If we look at foot­ball de­vel­op­ment in the coun­try now, NFDP un­der the tute­lage of the Min­istry of Youth and Sports has played an im­por­tant role in the suc­cess of the U-16, U-19 and U-23. The fu­ture of Malaysian foot­ball is there­fore, bright.

“I have ob­served that the FAM is in­tro­duc­ing a de­vel­op­ment sys­tem which is more or­gan­ised with new ideas. The new plan is to in­tro­duce Di­vi­sion Four to pro­vide young tal­ented play­ers a plat­form to hone their skills in a more struc­tured en­vi­ron­ment,” he said. – Ber­nama

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