After a year to forget, Malaysians will enter 2016 hoping for a change of fortunes. Here’s what FFT's Vijhay Vick is wishing for in the coming year.
Long term planning
Here in lies the root of the ills on Malaysian football – the lack of long-term planning.
In planning lies the root of success. Thailand – and how national team coach Kiatisuk Senamuang worked with players since youth level to hone them into a formidable side that is Southeast Asia’s powerhouse today – makes for a fine case study.
Malaysia once reaped results when K. Rajagobal groomed the core of the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup-winning squad from their Bukit Jalil Sports School days. Yet the winning formula was abandoned and continuity discarded when Ong Kim Swee was initially overlooked for the permanent Malaysia job in 2014.
The Harimau Muda development project was disbanded in November despite the very reason of its formation in 2007 still being a prevalent issue in the country. Meanwhile, the Malaysian clubs – sans Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) – are not placing great emphasis on talent development either.
FourFourTwo would like to see a great detail being put at grassroots level. The National Football Development Programme (NFDP) looks well-thought on paper, but whether or not it succeeds remains to be seen.