FAM: Centralised training for Harimau Malaya in January

The national football squad is expected to undergo centralised training from January 15 to January 26 in preparation for the last three Group G second round 2022 World Cup/2023 Asia Cup qualifiers that will resume in March next year. Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) secretary-general Stuart Ramalingam said national coach Tan Cheng Hoe is expected to list 30 players for the training session, which will be held at Wisma FAM, Kelana Jaya, as he searches for the perfect combination of experienced players and new talent. He also said that the…

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Former football star Sambanthan dies

Former national football player, T. Sambanthan, died yesterday. He was 82. Sambanthan started playing for Penang in 1964 and was instrumental in the state reaching the Malaysia Cup final in 1968 and 1969. Penang, however, lost to Selangor in both the showdowns. He was also drafted into the national B team and played against Australia, South Korea, Hong Kong and Asean nations. Sambanthan was also the captain of the Penang Bardhan Cup team that defeated Singapore in the final. After retiring in 1972 due to injuries, he went into coaching…

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Losing the money game

IN an unusual case of “time is money,” the Malaysian Football League (MFL) literally can’t afford to wait. If the Malaysia Cup competition is not completed by this month or postponed, the eight teams in the quarter-finals will have to incur a lot more costs, that is paying salaries. Normally, players’ contracts end in November, which means teams don’t pay wages for December. And MFL, the organisers of the M-League, will also lose a chunk of sponsorship money if the Malaysia Cup competition is cancelled. They want to complete the…

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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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