Malaysian football needs to rise above petty issues and must continue to improve


While not particularly known as a people who are fond of betting on sports, when it comes to their love for sports, particularly football, it becomes the one thing that unites Malaysian locals to band together to show their support for their national team.

The well-known saying “Success doesn’t come overnight” aptly describes the present state of the Malaysian Men’s National Football team. It is not just the team managers and other associates, but the die-hard supporters and fans of the team also believe that it would be a very long and snaky road ahead for the national football team, before it can stack up with pro-level football teams and clubs.

The national football team has been all over the news in recent months, from television, the internet even in the sports section of FHM Malaysia and other reviews on sports-centred websites clearly mention the need for the Malaysian football team to rise above the issues affecting their performance, and focus more on improving their skills to give some stiffer competition to the opponents.

According to Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal, the national team manager, “The faster this reality sinks deep into the minds of the players, the better it would be for the future of the team.”

Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) Deputy President Tengku Abdullah was quoted as saying that “there must be urgency to buck up and win future matches”.


After the victories at the AFF cup and the SEA (South East Asian) games, many sportsbook bettors rooting for the Malaya Tigers fell under the impression that their home team had already reached a high level of success and would have been ready for some global heat. Well, it isn’t difficult to understand that though these victories mark the beginning of a long road ahead, it cannot bypass the grounds that explain the bad defeats of the team at the hands of some of the best Asian and world football teams.

Transformation cannot happen just overnight; it takes proper guidance and skill-development exercises to fast-track the improvement process. Apart from regular training and honing of on-field skills, the team needs to act realistically and aim at topping the ASEAN football rankings first.

The standard of ASEAN football teams are almost similarly even in terms of strength and skill and thus, it will take a concerted effort to reach a consistent high level when playing against them. This should be the team’s ultimate goal before eyeing a shot at giving hard-hitting competition to the top Asian teams like Japan, South Korea and China.

This optimistic approach would be enough for the fans and Bodog Sports and Malaysian fans to continue having faith in their home team according to the bookmaker sportsbook at

Addressing the Malaysian football woes right from within would be the formula of success for the national team. According to our country’s top football officials, all it will need is long-term training and an appraisal programme that aims at giving a face-lift to the team by starting from the grass-roots and reaching the top.



With the recent failure of the attempt to extend the contract of head coach K. Rajagopal beyond 2013, the development process is likely to get somewhat difficult.

This news may have affected the players at some mental level, but this should not be a cause for alarm as the team’s exposure to the world’s top football clubs such as the recent friendly against FC Barcelona will only make the team better in the long run. I’m sure it has had a positive impact on the team’s Bodog Malaysia charts.

As pointed out by the head coach, the performance of the Malaysian football players in the past couple of tournaments has displayed three distinct weak points. There was a lack of basic technical capabilities, physical strength and speed on the field, especially on the offensive front.

One need not require the eye of a football guru to spot these issues. Even a normal follower of the team or a bookmaker sportsbook hanger-on could easily detect these problems. Though the coach managed to change the defensive plans of the team, which worked to some extent, the offensive line is something that cannot be corrected by him within such a short span of time.



It is now up to the new coach to find out the inner greatness of each player and use it to improve the performance of the team.

With some of the best training facilities in the region, a well-experienced coach and a staggering amount of nationalistic fan support for the game, the Malaysian football team should focus their thrust towards working harder on their basics and technical skills, and rise above these minor, but important issues to become serious contenders in the upcoming games and tournaments.

Patience is the key to seeing Malaysian football witness a ray of hope at the far end of the dark tunnel that they are currently find themselves mired in.





Success doesn’t come overnight

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3 Responses

  1. jadi penganalisa luar suda ka Tom.hehe.. I never knew yang ko pun suka bola. Anyway, Man U or Chelsea??..ahaks.
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  2. Arms says:

    Seriously, I don’t know much about football. I mean, I don’t know a lot about players and teams. I just know how to play 😀

    We should definitely play sometime yo.

  3. Aemy says:

    Well written! I’ve heard about the issues recently, but I dont care about it..coz I’m not into football. Hehe

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