Malaysia Talking Points: The FA Cup, FMLLP finally act and a press blackout
FMLLP finally step up
Football Malaysia Limited Liability Partnership (FMLLP), the guardians of top football competitions in the country, appeared to have finally grown some fangs after making strong statements against some errant teams.
From salary woes to trivial matters such as not playing the visiting team’s state anthem, FMLLP issued statements for it all.
The show of might then felt like a lot of hot air and not the new dawn many involved in Malaysian football have been waiting for. The press were told to await a media release regarding point deductions for non-compliance of regulations last Thursday.
Five long days passed without another announcement, apart from a comment that "the release is awaiting approval".
The news then finally trickled through on Tuesday that Kelantan and T-Team were going to be docked points, along with Premier League sides Perlis and ATM.
They have also been threatened with transfer bans if they don't meet certain requirements.
The matter also attracted the attention of FIFPro, who are perplexed that Kelantan are operating as business as usual in the transfer market despite owing money to their former players. Hopefully Tuesday's announcements are a step in the right direction.
Tan Cheng Hoe officially leaves Kedah
After over a month of uncertainty regarding his position, Tan finally left the Red Eagles for Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) on Friday.
Tan will assist a yet-to-be-named foreign coach in the national team set-up, a role he previously spend time filling under K. Rajagobal until the end of 2013.
Kedah was his first head coach position and having already won the FA Cup, earned promotion to the MSL and finished third in their first season back in top flight, Tan was eager to move closer to his dream job – the Malaysian hotseat.
Tan has repeatedly told FourFourTwo in previous interviews of his intention to someday coach the Harimau Malaya.