FFT' Five Finds: Club vs country furore
Malaysian football runs the risk of another club vs country battle
It happened in the nineties and it could happen again. If so, it is a battle without a winner.
New national team coach of Malaysia Ong Kim Swee had called S. Chanturu up for the upcoming World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia on Thursday and then a friendly against Macau in Malacca five days later.
The coach was then informed that the winger had a shin injury and would not be joining up with the rest of the Tigers for the start of a new era under a new boss.
This happens. National team coaches around the world are familiar with the feeling of selecting a squad and then getting the phone calls that end in withdrawals.
But then Chanturu played in the second half of JDT's FA Cup win at PDRM, and OKS found out he was given an injection before the game and noted that the player did not look comfortable at all.
Whether it is good for the player is another issue but the coach is right to feel a little aggrieved.
Being told that a player is not available only to see him in action a few days later for his club is only going to annoy.
Ultimately, Malaysian football can't afford to have its biggest club fall out with the national team.