Another virus kick for Malaysia Cup

THE virus is kicking the M-League fixtures upside down yet again. After Covid-19 forced the M-League to be abandoned for five months since March, it is playing havoc with the prestigious Malaysia Cup competition. The Malaysian Football League (MFL) have already postponed it once, from Oct 16 to Oct 25 but to no avail as the contagion has not been contained. Even before kickoff, the Malaysia Cup had to be diluted, with MFL “cutting corners” by scrapping the group stages and making it a direct knockout involving 16 teams because…

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Michael Feichtenbeiner Appointed Temporary Coach of Selangor Main Team

After terminating the contract of the team’s head coach, B. Satatianathan with immediate effect, the Selangor Football Association (FAS) appointed the club’s Technical Director, Michael Feichtenbeiner as the temporary operator until a new coach is appointed. This was announced by FAS on the team’s official social media today in conjunction with the announcement of the termination of the B.Satianathan contract after the Selangor team performed less encouraging action during the big loss at the hands of Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) last Saturday. Apart from holding the position of Technical Director,…

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Satiananthan takes the blame

Selangor used to be the Kings of Malaysian football. Many teams feared playing against them in the past. However, the Red Giants are now struggling to make an impact in the Super League. On Saturday, Selangor were battered and bruised by reigning champions Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) in a Super League match at the Sultan Ibrahim Stadium in Iskandar Puteri. An inspired JDT showed no mercy as they pumped in half-a-dozen goals past Selangor for a 6-1 victory. Safawi Rasid (45th and 49th minutes), Diogo Santo (64th), Gonzalo Cabrera (67th)…

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M-League referees never ask for praise, but they deserve to be appreciated

Former International Football Federation (FIFA) referee Amir Sharifuddin Wong considers the bad perception of the Malaysian League (M-League) referees as part and parcel in the world of football but insists that the notion is utterly unfair to an important figure on the field. The FA Cup final match between Kedah and Perak last season saw the organizers, the Malaysian Football League (MFL), selected three match officials from Japan led by Takuto Okabe and their performance in controlling the game was showered with praises. “We never expected people to say a…

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Red Giants shift to smaller UiTM stadium

SELANGOR coach B. Satiananthan won’t kick up a fuss though his team will have to play at a much smaller stadium for the remaining of their Super League season. The FA of Selangor announced yesterday that the Red Giants will stop playing their home matches at the run-down Shah Alam Stadium, which is in dire need of repair, but move to UiTM Stadium instead. When the season resumes on August 26, Selangor will share the UiTM Stadium with the UiTM FC Super League team. Satiananthan, looking at the positive side…

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Green light for 16 teams to restart training

THE Malaysian Football League (MFL) have given the green light to 16 M-League teams so far to start non-contact training. The teams are UiTM FC, Selangor, Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT), Terengganu, Perak, Melaka, Felda United, Kedah (Super League), Negri Sembilan, Selangor II, JDT II, TFC II, Penang, Kuching FA, Perak II and Kuala Lumpur (Premier League). MFL chief executive Datuk Ghani Hassan said the teams had met all requirements for the approval. Among the things teams have to submit to MFL are the Covid-19 test results and proposed training grounds…

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MFL in no hurry

THE Malaysian Football League (MFL) said they would not force M-League teams to resume training this month after only several clubs submitted the required documents in line with the standard operating procedure (SOP). The government has decided that the 24 teams from the M-League (Super and Premier divisions) can start non-contact training soon if they submit paperwork that comply with Covid-19 preventive measures. MFL chief executive officer Datuk Ab Ghani Hassan said only Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT), Selangor, Selangor II, UiTM and Negri Sembilan had submitted documents in line with…

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With all due respect

The national hockey team lacked one major thing that is needed to restore their pride and dignity… and that is respect. That is the damning revelation by former national players Mirnawan Nawawi and Nasihin Nubli during a 1½-hour live chat with fans via the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) Facebook page on Saturday. The duo believed the current crop of players are talented and hardworking but added that these two criteria are not enough for the team to progress to a higher level. Nasihin, who is part of the national team…

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Swimmers unhappy they’re not allowed back into the pools

Gyms, snooker centres and indoor sports venues like futsal and badminton courts can reopen from next Monday. However, all swimming pools, even those at residential condominiums, remain off limits. And those in the swimming industry can’t help but feel let down by the situation. The Youth and Sports Ministry have only given an exemption to swimmer Welson Sim to train at the National Aquatic Centre in Bukit Jalil as he is under the Road to Tokyo programme. He will have Sebastian Soon and Khiew Hoe Yean for company and sparring.…

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BAM not throwing door wide open

IT is status quo for the BA of Malaysia who are in no rush to get all their shuttlers back at the Academy Badminton Malaysia (ABM) in Bukit Kiara. This is their stand after the government gave the nod for sporting and recreational activities to resume on June 15, amid the Covid-19 pandemic, under the new Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO). For now, BAM will stick to the small group of players under the Road to Tokyo (RTT) programme at least until July 1 before making any further announcement. A…

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