Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian sports, especially football, requires a total revamp to dream of seeing action in the World Cup said Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek.
Ahmad Shabery said the revamp must involve development programmes, infrastructure, training facilities from early age and adopting a strategic and disciplined method of playing.
“The fruits of labour from such a revamp can only be expected after one or two decades,” he told Bernama after watching the World Cup final match between Spain and Holland at a restaurant here early Monday morning.
“Revamp or change in the sports culture was what brought success to countries like South Korea and Japan.”
Ahmad Shabery who watched the match, which was eventually won by Spain, together with National Sports Council (NSC) director-general Datuk Zolkples Embong said both teams that played in the final showcased a high level of commitment, dedication, skill and technique.
Shabery who was amassed with the passion and support from Malaysian fans for the World Cup said: “I am very excited to watch the match in a restaurant with fans.”
“It is a very important factor that can be used to unite the community as it does not separate gender, race or religion. Every where people are talking about football.
“And many of them are willing to sacrifice their sleep to stay awake and watch the match although they will be working the next day,” he said. – Bernama