Poor turnout may force FAM to lift ban on foreigners

PETALING JAYA: The FA of Malaysia (FAM) may bring back foreign players into the Malaysian Super League (MSL).

“We will see whether there is a need to bring back the foreign players when the league ends in August,” competitions committee chairman Datuk Che Mat Jusoh told a press conference at Wisma FAM in Kelana Jaya yesterday.

The FAM did away with the services of foreign players last year.

And, since then, the turnout of fans for both the Super League and Premier League has dwindled.


Last year, the Premier League saw a massive 70% drop in fan turnout. Only 63,415 spectators turned up for the 182 second-tier matches of the MSL compared to 233,323 in 2008. That’s an average of 348 fans per match.

The support for Super League wasn’t any better either – with a 20% drop in attendance last season. A total of 614,000 fans watched the 182 matches compared to 750,000 in 2008. That works out to an average of 3,377 fans per game.

Selangor’s early exit in the preliminary rounds of the AFC Cup competition this year has also raised serious doubts about the quality of Malaysian teams, who do not have any foreign players in their line-ups.

In fact, no Malaysian team have gone past the quarter-final stage of the AFC Cup since its inception in 2004.

Even former treble winners Kedah became the laughing stock last season. The Canaries, playing without any imports, were thrashed 2-8 by Vietnamese outfit Binh Duong in a round of 16 match in Ho Chin Minh City.

This year, Selangor crashed out in the group stage.

Meanwhile, the competitions committee have decided to hold this year’s Malaysia Cup final on Oct 30 at the Shah Alam Stadium.

The National Stadium in Bukit Jalil will be unavailable due to renovation works on the tracks.

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7 thoughts on “Poor turnout may force FAM to lift ban on foreigners

  • May 23, 2010 at 10:06 am
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    bah ngam la kmu FAM benda yang sama jga kmu buat nanti2 2 tahun dari sekarng kena haram lga 2 pemain import, lepas tu 2 tahun lagi kena benar lagi pemain import begitu saja kejadianya..

  • May 23, 2010 at 2:30 pm
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    kalau saya, ini adalah masa yang sesuai utk FAM tuk buat keputusan benarkan pemain import, sebab dgn adanya import yang bagus akan memberi peluang pemain tempatan berusaha gigih. pasukan selangor sbg contoh, langsung tidak dapat bersaing dgn pasukan dari serivijaya. Walaupun saya bukan penyokong selangor tetapi tetap rasa malu sebab melibatkan negara. Yang bikin panas lagi penyokong serivijaya sempat mengibarkan bendera Indonesia…. Harks PTUI!!!! Persoalannya mana suda tu penyokong fanatik selangor… kotoh. oleh itu saya sokong penuh kalau ada pemain import. (ambil saja si Kith Gumbs masih berbisa dan laju…). p/s teringat masa dulu2 gandingan Matlan/Scott..

  • May 24, 2010 at 11:14 am
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    Bulieng & alfa omega…..sebenarnya pendirian FAM ni tidak tetap bah. Ikut suka dorang ja. Sekejap boleh, sekejap tidak boleh. Dorang ni sebenarnya bukan pandai main bola. Dorang mahu pegang jawatan ja, samalah mcm SAFA. Yang dorang tahu duduk di kerusi pusing2 dan beri arahan. itu ja. Moga2 akan dtg FAM & SAFA ni MAJU & MANTAP pengurusannya.

  • May 24, 2010 at 11:16 am
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    Bulieng & alfa omega…..sebenarnya pendirian FAM ni tidak tetap bah. Ikut suka dorang ja. Sekejap boleh, sekejap tidak boleh. Dorang ni sebenarnya bukan pandai main bola. Dorang mahu pegang jawatan ja, samalah mcm SAFA. Yang dorang tahu duduk di kerusi pusing2 dan beri arahan. itu ja. Moga2 akan dtg FAM & SAFA ni MAJU & MANTAP pengurusannya. Kami akan sentiasa bersama-sama anda….

  • May 24, 2010 at 6:31 pm
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    sa pun harap pemain import dibenarkan main semula d di malaysia pada tahun depan, yala sepa xda rindu aksi c Kith Gumbs masa beliau main dgn sabah dulu sa kira cukup meriah bah..time 2 kami d kg xda tv sbb blm ada karen jadi asal sja sabah main d likas kami duduk berkumpul dekat e2 radio mau dengar siaran langsung adeh. masa e2 la sa rasa bola sepak sabah sangat dekat di hati kami.

  • May 25, 2010 at 11:53 am
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    saya pernah tinguk si Kith Gumbs main dulu di Likas. Masa tu badan dia agak kurus sikit. Fuh! kelajuan dia memang amat menakjubkan, penyudah dia pun bisa. Selepas menonton Selangor lawan dgn Serivijaya hari tu, Kith Gumbs (captain) tetap laju dan bisa. Jadi ini adalah salah satu aset kepada pasukannya untuk terus meraih sokongan kepada penyokong mereka.

  • May 27, 2010 at 9:25 pm
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    Kalau pemain import tidak bawa kemajuan itu salah pengurusan yang membeli kuda tempang seperti yang terjadi di Pahang dulu.Banyak pemain import yang bagus…yang tidak bagus pemain tempatan kerana kurang daya saing.

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