FFT's Five Finds: Poor Malaysian broadcaster's choice, Irfan not a failure


Southeast Asia’s football leagues are onto the final stretch and FourFourTwo presents its findings from over the week just passed… 

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Irfan Bakti has not failed at Felda

When many Malaysian clubs have been changing coaches with depressing regularity, Felda United have gone down a different path. Since Irfan Bakti took over in 2013, the Fighters won promotion and this season challenged Johor Darul Ta'zim for the title before eventually having to settle for second. This also means a place in the 2017 AFC Cup.

The boss said that he has failed to meet one of his KPI's in not winning a trophy this season and so was stepping down.

In doing so, he was keeping true to his word as he told FourFourTwo before the start of the season.

“At the end of 2016, it will be three years at the club and I must have won a trophy, otherwise my time at Felda could be considered a failure,” said Irfan.

He's wrong. Second behind JDT is no failure but a sign of improvement.

Malaysian TV needs to be more imaginative


Broadcasters chose to telecast an inconsequential match. Photo: JDT

There were five games to choose from for broadcasters on Saturday evening. It was the penultimate round of games of the season and there were all kinds of exciting matches to be had.

There was Pahang at home to Penang. Bottom of the 12-team league against the team in tenth.

There was drama and huge tension in this game. It was the proverbial six-pointer at least. If Pahang lost then dreams of survival could be all but over and even if the Elephants won then there would still be work to do. Penang were also in serious trouble.

But Malaysian TV showed Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) at home to T-Team instead. This was the team that had already been crowned champions against one that was stuck in mid-table.

It is understandable that JDT are box-office winners but this was a game that was not much more than an end-of-season friendly. There were bigger and more important games but the broadcasters chose to ignore them.