Sultan vows ‘action’ to arrest slide


PETALING JAYA: The FA of Malaysia (FAM) president Sultan Ahmad Shah has called for a major revamp of the Malaysian Super League (MSL).

He has given the competitions committee, led by chairman Datuk Che Mat Jusoh, three months to find solutions for an ineffective MSL.

The deputy president, Datuk Redzuan Sheikh Ahmad, said that the president in his speech read at the congress meant business and a bold step could even be taken to revert to “Semi-Pro” football.

“The president is totally unhappy with the poor state of affairs in our football approach,” said Redzuan at a press conference yesterday.

He added that the dwindling standard of the national team, the poor state of the domestic competitions and the weak administration of the FAs had forced the Sultan to call for drastic action.

“It could be anything – a smaller Pro-League, Semi-Pro or even amateur football. There will be changes. The same formula has been used for a long time and it has not brought results,” said Redzuan.

“If there is anyone around who can help us come up with ideas, please do so. The public can also contribute and the competitions committee will gather the feedback to present to the council for endorsement.”

The message is clear. After 20 years in the professional era and with nothing achieved over the years, it is time for a major overhaul. The current MSL comprise a 13-team Premier League and 14-team Super League.

Redzuan said that Myanmar started their Pro-League with only eight teams two months ago.

“Whoever wants to play in the Pro-League must fight their way into the top eight. It is the same in Thailand,” he said.

Malaysia have not made progress since winning the SEA Games in 1989, the year Malaysian football went Semi-Pro. The FAM turned the league fully professional in 1995, calling it the M-League before rebranding it to the MSL in 2004.

The congress also amended the FAM statutes in line with FIFA to welcome on board the Malaysian Indian Sports Council, Malaysian Chinese FA, Malaysian Football Player’s Association, Malaysian Referees Association and Malaysian Football Coaches Association as full members with voting rights.

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