Bring on Foreign Legion

KOTA KINABALU: The FA of Malaysia needs to give a good thought about lifting the ban on foreign players in the M-League.

They need to accept a simple and proven fact that the M-League without foreign flavour has lost its thrill and excitement.

Even fan turn-out is in a sorry state which has badly dwindled in recent years. Many teams play in near-empty stadiums, Sabah included!

To get to the point, the M-League is one BIG bore!

What more, for most teams it is a losing battle, operating at a loss every year!

The decision to bar players from the M-League some years ago was a bad and sad decision.

But, it is still not too late for FAM to have a change of heart and lift the ban. As this can be the only answer to at least stop the decline in attendance and the game itself.

It is also an open secret that most State FAs are happy to import players, except for a minority who for a simple fact don’t want to be bogged down financially.

Sabah coach and manager Gary Phillips is one of the many that wish to see foreign players back in the M-League.

Gary said that having foreign players in the League will eventually help raise the standard of the League and the game itself.

“It will help in all aspects of the game. It will also help get more attendance and with the right approach it will get bigger and bigger.

“And I can’t find one professional League in the world that is without foreign players,” said the Aussie coach Gary.

The Australian, who is the only foreign coach in the M-League, believes that it will not only help raise the standard of the game, but it can also help budding talents to grow and become better players in the future.

“If you want to improve the quality of the League or the game, you need to bring the foreign players.

“The foreign players can help the locals how to be true professionals. And it is not only about training … how they work, train, and stay back after training.

“But it also help teach how to behave, the right food to eat and so on.

“The professionalism that they will bring into the League will also help accelerate the quality of the game, especially among youngsters.

“The presence of foreign players also helps build confidence in the team, and this will indirectly make the game more competitive.

“If you can get players with English Premier League experience, it would be better, as they have a big influence.

And as a coach, you will not have to worry about motivating the players, because their presence (EPL) will help you do that.”

“And this will also indirectly motivate players to work harder. And personally, I would like to see the M-League to have foreign players for the benefit of Malaysian football.

Gary said that although some teams may not want to engage the services of foreign players, but for those who do must be given the option to do so.

6 thoughts on “Bring on Foreign Legion

  • September 30, 2010 at 4:24 am
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    Coach Gary is right,because the foreign players will help build confidence in the locals and they will see themself as true professional as well and it will make the game more better then it is right now,
    as a player myself and a european I think Coach Gary is 100 per cent right!!…

  • December 2, 2010 at 12:12 am
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    There’s a young Aussie lad in his early 20’s (around 20-23) playing in Brisbane Australia… He’s quite a good player and he has a Malaysian IC, MyKad (that means, the import players ban doesn’t effect him right? Because that makes him a Malaysian)… If I’m not mistaken, he used to play for a team called Victoria Vikings back in his teen years.. Attacking midfielder/striker.. His father’s Australian, and the Mother’s Sabahan… His name is Aaron Turner… He’s still in Australia and he’s hoping to don our Sabah’s red jersey one day…

  • January 14, 2011 at 9:03 am
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    wah… betul kah ni… kalau Aaron Turner hebat, maka diharap SAFA tidak melepaskan peluang untuk melihat sendiri kehebatan Aaron Turner dan seterusnya bawa bermain tuk Sabah. mana tau boleh diserap sbg pemain kebangsaan suatu masa nanti… banga jg kita…

  • January 14, 2011 at 9:38 pm
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    as a professional&international goalkeeper i know how it feel to
    play or coach in a league where there are no pro players,is very bore,so i agree with coach Gary,who ever place this ban on foreigns players,for allah name & malaysian football & malaysian players pls lift this ban because malaysian footballers need they foreigns friends (players)to motivate to play good football,like coach Gary said,it the malaysian footballers that will benefit from the experience of the foreigns legion,pls bring us in..

    i alway wanted to play for sabah rhinos……..

  • June 15, 2011 at 12:29 pm
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    I known few foreign player that is residing in malaysia. Please let me know if you are interested

  • June 17, 2011 at 3:22 pm
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    yes i am interested,but i’m a Belgium citizen and i do not live in malaysia,so Rina how it’s goin be?..because i love to play for Rhinos!..

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