Monday, October 19, 2015

Road Map yang dicampak ke bakul sampah

Anda pernah baca Road Map yang dirangka bekas Pengarah Teknikal Persatuan Bola Sepak Malaysia (FAM), Robert Alberts? Sedikit perkongsian...waktu itu Setiausaha Agung FAM Datuk Seri Dr Ibrahim Saad.


Siap genap sembilan tahun satu hari yang lalu


Menyentuh aspek pembangunan pemain remaja


Perbandingan sistem di negara lain


Cadangan sistem pemantauan projek pembangunan membabitkan agensi lain


Struktur liga yang dicadangkan


Kaedah memperbaiki ranking dalam senarai kedudukan FIFA


Ada juga cadangan subsidi 49 peratus untuk pasukan negeri atau kelab dan selebihnya untuk pembangunan


Banyak lagi yang akan aku kongsikan selepas ini. Saja aku nukilkan entri ini kerana tarikh Road Map ini disiapkan oleh Alberts ialah 18 Oktober, 2006, genap sembilan tahun sehari yang lalu.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Open letter to FAM, in 2007

Published in The Malay Mail, July 20, 2007. Shortly after the disastrous Asian Cup outing.


Dear Tuanku, Tan Sri, Datuk, and office bearers and salaried staff of FAM,

RE: Future of FAM and football in Malaysia

I HOPE this letter reaches the most esteemed gentlemen at Wisma FAM safely.

I'm writing to you because I'm convinced, like the rest of this football-crazy nation, that there is an urgent need to address pertinent issues with regard to the future of Malaysian football.

It is my wish that this time, the content of this letter is not ignored or thrown into the waste paper basket, which has happened all too often in the past.

I must salute FAM deputy president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah for his decision to quit a body that he was closely associated with for the past two decades.

In no way Tengku Abdullah would be branded a coward. Together with his father and FAM president Sultan Ahmad Shah, Tengku Abdullah initiated the move to introduce semi-professional football in the country 18 years ago, but it has borne little fruit.

We have to acknowledge that although the pro-league has become an industry in its own right, it has resulted in the State FAs going all out to find means to break the wage structures for sub-standard footballers as a shortcut to success.

Therefore, it's time that we chart a clear and determined course and chart/formulate a new strategy to rejuvenate the game at all levels.

The media stand ready to offer our full support in this difficult, but necessary endeavour. 

As recent events have demonstrated, we can no longer depend on FAM to deliver.

Our embarrassing defeats to China, Uzbekistan and Iran were disastrous, and this should serve as the catalyst for change.

In my humble opinion, change must come from the top.

Although FAM cannot be faulted entirely for the present mess we are in, the national body must shoulder a major portion of the blame.

I would not want to cling on days of yore, when Abdul Ghani Minhat, Syed Ahmad Abu Bakar, Mokhtar Dahari, Soh Chin Aun and R. Arumugam endeared themselves to the Malaysian public.

They came from working-class families, having grown up playing in the kampung or padi fields and rubber plantations.

In sharp contrast, today's youngsters spend only a fraction of their time at playgrounds or parks. The ever-increasing demands of school and academic life, the competitiveness of the job market and the incredible technological advances - notably the Internet - make them prisoners of the indoors.

To ensure football stays relevant to today's generation, it requires a different strategy. To this end, FAM needs new faces who are receptive to fresh ideas.

# FAM has little choice but be independent of the State FAs if we want to break free from this mediocrity.

Suggestion: Amend the FAM constitution to enable the national body to shift its focus towards developing the sport. FAM must be run by technical people and corporate figures with the principal office-bearers as figureheads. Identify a young general secretary with no political affiliation, whose main task is to implement policies and head the secretariat.

# A new league structure run by a separate entity.

Suggestion: The time is ripe for a separate professional and profit-driven entity to run the M-League, similar to the J-League in Japan. A board of directors should be the M-League's highest authority in deciding the aims and policies of the league, while the executive committee puts those aims and policies into effect.

# Players' education

 FAM, with the help of the Ministries of Education and Youth and Sports, can draw up a complete coaching system designed to produce creative players. Of utmost importance is football education for players from the age of eight - the dos and don'ts as well as the motivational, technical and tactical aspects of the beautiful game.

Suggestion: Do it!

# Coaches' education 

 Youth coaches tend to emphasise on results rather than education. Most coaches want results even at school level which in turn puts fear and pressure on the young players.

Suggestion: Enjoy the game, before we teach the players the basic tactical movements when they reach 15. Given the magnitude of the problem, admittedly FAM needs help from all parties, especially the Government machinery, public and parental understanding as well as media support. However, there is a need for FAM to prove to the public and the stakeholders that they are willing to change. In this regard, Sultan Ahmad Shah as president, can advise the delegates to be receptive of reforms. Or else, please make way for new blood.

A nation's fate depends on the bounce of a little ball. Well-honed and experienced natural talents on the pitch, produced as a result of good governance off it, can always change its course.

Sincerely,

Rizal Hashim,
Bangsar.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Cerita di sebalik gangsa Sukan Asia 1974

PERSIAPAN menjelang Sukan Asia di Tehran pada 1-15 September, 1974, tidak seperti diduga. Tujuh belas pemain dikehendaki melaporkan diri ke latihan pusat pada 11 Ogos dan berlepas ke Iran pada 23 Ogos tetapi anak didik Allahyarham Jalil Che Din hanya berangkat ke Tehran, empat hari kemudian.

KES jurulatih merajuk, kecederaan yang menimpa bek kanan utama, perbezaan kem pemain mengikut sentimen kenegerian – antara masalah dalaman skuad bola sepak negara menjelang dan ketika Sukan Asia 1974 di Tehran rancak berjalan.

Hanya beberapa minggu selepas skuad negara merangkul Piala Merdeka di Ipoh, misi lebih besar menanti anak didik Jalil, bekas pemain pertahanan negara era 1950-an yang juga seorang pegawai Penjara.

 Tanpa beberapa tonggak seperti penjaga gol Lim Fung Kee dan perancang utama Wong Choon Wah yang berhijrah ke Hong Kong sejurus misi di Pestabola Merdeka serta Shaharuddin Abdullah, skuad negara menyiapkan diri ke Tehran dalam suasana yang kurang ideal.

 Setiba di Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Subang, Sabena Airlines, syarikat penerbangan Belgium, memaklumkan penerbangan ditunda dan penumpang terpaksa berlepas mengikut jadual seterusnya, iaitu empat hari kemudian disebabkan masalah teknikal.

 Pemain tengah, Datuk Shukor Salleh, mengenang detik itu. “Disebabkan masalah tayar pesawat yang mengakibatkan penerbangan ditunda, penumpang ditempatkan di Hotel Equatorial di Kuala Lumpur waktu itu,” kata Shukor.

Apa yang berlaku seterusnya? Benarkah pemain memulau jurulatih? Benarkah pemain hanya dihadiahkan seutas jam berjenama selepas menduduki tangga ketiga? Siapa 17 pemain yang tersenarai?

Kisah selanjutnya, muat turun majalah digital arena di appstore  atau playstore.




Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Throwback EPLx dan Rembat Kosmo!

Selaku wartawan, aku diajar bukan saja membuat laporan permainan, bahkan analisis, komentar dan profil atlet. Menghimpun pengalaman sepanjang tugasan bersama Berita Harian dan The Malay Mail, aku berkongsi ilmu dengan pembaca EPLx Kosmo! yang kemudian dijenamakan semula sebagai Rembat Kosmo! Atas syor bekas wartawan New Straits Times dan setiausaha akhbar Tun Daim Zainuddin, Rashid Yusof, aku menjadi editor sisipan EPLx Kosmo pada 2009. Tamat setahun, kontrak aku dengan syarikat yang menaja sisipan tidak diperbaharui, tetapi Pengarang Kosmo, Baharom Mahusin (kini Datuk) mencadangkan sisipan itu diteruskan dengan nama lain, iaitu Rembat Kosmo! juga pada setiap Sabtu. Sisipan itu memberi ruang 60 peratus kepada bola sepak luar dan bakinya bola sepak tempatan.



Lakaran Hazli Ahmad Sanusi (hazliahmadsanusi@gmail,com)


Lakaran pasukan grafik Kosmo menjelang final Piala Malaysia 2010


Sorotan pemilihan kabinet FAM 2010-2014


Surat terbuka buat Rajagobal



S. KUNANLAN


S. Kunanlan
Tarikh lahir: 15 September, 1986
Asal: Semenyih, Selangor
Sekolah: SJK Ladang Semenyih, SMK Engku Hussin, Semenyih
Posisi: Tengah
Pencapaian: Mewakili pasukan Bawah 18 Selangor, skuad Piala Presiden Negeri Sembilan, juara Piala Malaysia 2009, juara Piala FA 2010, naib juara Piala Malaysia 2010.

Jantung Harimau Malaya

JIKA bekas bintang Selangor, K. Sanbagamaran, satu ketika dahulu berbasikal ke sekolahnya di Kajang sebagai latihan menguatkan paru-paru, S. Kunanlan memiliki ketahanan menyempurnakan larian jarak jauh.

Daripada perlumbaan 1,500m, 3,000m lari berhalangan, 5,000m hingga merentas desa, Kunanlan mencipta nama sebagai pakar lari jarak jauh di peringkat remaja. Bahkan dia pernah menduduki tangga keenam acara merentas desa perlumbaan di peringkat daerah Hulu Langat.

Hasilnya, lahirlah seorang pemain bola sepak berbakat yang memiliki kepantasan, kerajinan dan tidak kenal erti lelah.

“Saya main bola sejak kecil. Terpilih mewakili sekolah rendah SJK Ladang Semenyih selaku seorang pemain tengah, saya juga cukup meminati acara larian jarak jauh. Kalau acara merentas desa, saya sudah bertanding sejak umur 10 tahun.

“Kalau kategori Bawah 12 tahun, jaraknya 6km, Bawah 16 tahun 8km, Bawah 18 tahun 10km. Kami sekeluarga memang aktif dalam olahraga,” imbas Kunanlan yang kini antara tonggak tersenarai dalam minda Datuk K. Rajagobal.

Di sebalik ketrampilannya selaku pelari jarak jauh, bakat Kunanlan dalam bola sepak tidak terpendam begitu saja.

Atas dorongan gurunya, Kunanlan menjadikan kebolehan berlari itu sebagai aset. “Saya bermain di tengah, di penjuru dan pernah juga main stopper,” kata Kunanlan.

“Tapi pada satu hari, jurulatih Cikgu Zulkifli beri saya tugas sebagai pemain sayap.”

Cemerlang di peringkat sekolah dan seterusnya daerah, Kunanlan menjalani ujian pemilihan Bawah 15 Selangor.

“Saya gagal kerana dianggap terlalu kecil. Saiz jadi penghalang,” katanya.

Sekali lagi Kunanlan mencuba nasib dengan skuad Bawah 18 Selangor tetapi kurang bernasib baik. Lalu dia membawa diri ke Seremban untuk menyertai Liga Dunhill Menteri Besar.

“Hendak cuba masuk akademi, saya dah terlebih umur, jadi akhirnya saya terpilih menganggotai skuad Piala Presiden Negeri Sembilan.”

Jika ada pemain utama yang tercedera, Kunanlan dipanggil oleh jurulatih Negeri Sembilan ketika itu, Hatem Souissi.

Pintu buat Kunanlan terbuka apabila Wan Jamak Wan Hassan menggantikan Hatem. Itu antara tindakan paling awal Wan Jamak setibanya di Seremban.

“Saya masih ingat ketika menguruskan Telekom Melaka, kami ada berdepan dengan Negeri Sembilan yang memiliki seorang pemain sayap yang pantas dan tidak kenal penat. Jadi apabila tiba di Seremban, Kunanlanlah nama pertama yang saya cari,” kata Wan Jamak.

Dari situ, Kunanlan memikat perhatian B. Sathianathan yang memanggilnya untuk latihan pusat menjelang Pestabola Merdeka.

“Tapi saya kena gugur,” kata Kunanlan.

Nama Kunanlan sangkut selaku anggota skuad utama ke Sukan SEA Laos pada 2009 dan dia tidak menoleh ke belakang lagi.

Di sebalik kerajinan, kelajuan dan kepintaran menewaskan bek kanan lawan, hanya satu kelemahan Kunanlan - lemah di depan gol.

Apabila dihidangkan dengan peluang keemasan, biasanya Kunanlan kaget.

Sepanjang musim, Kunanlan hanya mencetak satu gol, ketika menentang T-Team. Disebabkan kekurangan dari segi menyudahkan peluang, sepakannya diselamatkan penjaga gol Singapura, Izwan Mahbud, seawal minit ke-10.

Apapun, anak Semenyih ini jantung Harimau Malaya.

K. Gurusamy Govandar
Tarikh lahir: 11 Januari,1989
Asal: Semenyih
Posisi: Tengah
Sekolah: SK Tamil Rinching, SMK Engku Hussin, Semenyih, Sekolah Sukan Bukit Jalil (SSBJ) Pencapaian: Pingat emas Sukan SEA 2009, juara Piala AFF 2010.


K. GURUSAMY


Guru yang mendahului zaman

K. Gurusamy Govandar sudah biasa melampaui zamannya. Seawal usia 9 tahun, dia sudah dipanggil mewakili pasukan Bawah 12 tahun sekolahnya, sebelum bakatnya diketengahkan di peringkat Majlis Sukan Sekolah-sekolah Malaysia (MSSM).

Ketika rakan-rakannya di SRJ Tamil Bandar Rinching, Semenyih, sibuk mentelaah pelajaran dan menghafal sifir, Gurusamy menghafal arahan jurulatih.

Pada usia 10 tahun, dia sudah menyarung jersi sekolah dan daerah. Sebagaimana “senior”nya di Semenyih, S. Kunanlan, yang aktif dalam acara merentas desa, Gurusamy juga gemar mengeluarkan peluh dan menguji kekuatan paru-parunya menerusi larian itu.

“Mungkin dari situ saya dapat tenaga berlebihan untuk bermain bola sepak tanpa mengenal penat,” kata Gurusamy, ditanya mengenai keupayaannya menjana jentera tengah sama ada untuk skuad Olimpik mahupun pasukan kebangsaan.

Disebabkan keinginan bermain bola sepak, Gurusamy banyak menghabiskan waktu lapangnya di padang di depan rumahnya di Taman Manickavasagam.

“Saya dan kawan-kawan gemar bermain bola dan buat perlawanan persahabatan dengan pasukan dari taman lain, biasanya pada setiap Sabtu. Kadang-kadang sanggup saya tak pergi sekolah tapi asyik main bola, dari pagi hingga petang,” katanya.

Di kalangan keluarganya yang besar, Gurusamy tidak berseorangan meminati sukan kegilaan ramai itu. Abangnya Mogan pernah beraksi dalam Piala Milo, Depan Sakti pula menyarung jersi Selangor musim ini, manakala adiknya Visunathan bersama Shahzan Muda.

“Kami bukan saja aktif dalam bola sepak, tetapi juga olahraga. Saya mewakili Hulu Langat dalam merentas desa,” katanya.

Lebih terkenal sebagai pemain tengah bertahan yang ditugaskan memperkasakan benteng pertahanan, Gurusamy yang mewakili Selangor sejak dari peringkat Bawah 12 tahun, pernah menjalani ujian pemilihan bersama akademi Negeri Sembilan tetapi tidak diterima masuk.

Bagaimanapun Gurusamy akhirnya diserapkan ke dalam program elit di Sekolah Sukan Bukit Jalil (SSBJ) pada 2005, lalu terus terpilih ke dalam skuad Bawah 20 Rajagobal ke Piala Lion di Singapura.

“Saya pun terkejut kerana pada usia 16 tahun, biasanya kena masuk pasukan Bawah 17 tahun dulu. Setahun kemudian saya terpilih menganggotai skuad Bawah 20 ke pusingan akhir Kejohanan Asia di India,” katanya.

Skuad muda pada 2006 itu membentuk teras barisan kepercayaan Rajagobal hari ini. Antaranya Aidil Zafuan Abdul Radzak, Amar Rohidan, Asraruddin Putra Omar, Safiq Rahim dan Khyril Muhymeen Zambri yang menjadi sebahagian daripada kejayaan Sukan SEA Laos 2009 dan Piala AFF 2010.

Meminati gaya permainan bintang Liverpool, Steven Gerrard dan tonggak Barcelona, Xavi, Gurusamy harus menjadi nadi penting dalam perancangan Ong Kim Swee untuk perhitungan pra-Olimpik serta Sukan SEA kelak.

“Saya berharap dapat membantu pasukan negara mengekalkan pingat emas yang dimenangi di Laos,” katanya. Di sebalik kesibukan mengawal pertahanan, Gurusamy juga pandai mencium peluang menggegar jaring lawan.

Jaringannya hasil lambungan jarak jauh ketika menentang Syria masih kekal dalam ingatannya, selain ledakan menentang Arab Saudi. Gurusamy juga tidak menghiraukan kritikan berikutan kegagalan pasukan negara mara ke pusingan ketiga pra-Piala Dunia zon Asia.

“Kami kena tebus di Sukan SEA dan pra-Olimpik,” katanya ringkas.


WAN ZACK HAIKAL WAN NOR

Melupakan raket demi sepatu bola

KERANA hujung sepatu bolanya, nama Wan Zack Haikal Wan Nor meniti di bibir peminat.

Meluru menyambut lorongan tepat Gary Steven Robbat dalam petak penalti, Wan Zack menjolok bola ke gawang melepasi terpaan penjaga gol Lebanon, Mohd Dakramanji, baru-baru ini, bagi menjamin tempat anak didik Ong Kim Swee di kalangan 12 pasukan terbaik Asia yang merebut tempat ke Sukan Olimpik tahun depan.

Peminat menyamakan senario gol itu, yang disempurnakan pada minit ke-42, dengan kaedah lazim Barcelona menggegar jaring lawan - hasil penyudah penyerang berikutan lorongan tajam dan tepat daripada pemain tengah.

“Sebenarnya ia hasil kerjasama sepasukan. Bagi saya hendak menyamakan gol itu seperti mana yang biasa dibuat Barcelona terlalu tinggi. Saya dan rakan-rakan tidak boleh terlalu berbangga kerana misi belum selesai. Apapun saya gembira menyumbang tenaga bagi menghidupkan impian Olimpik negara,” kata pemain berasal dari Maran, Pahang itu.

Bermula sebagai penyerang di Sekolah Rendah Kebangsaan Maran, Wan Zack dikurniai kepantasan semula jadi yang menyeksa lawan.

Disebabkan ketangkasannya, pemain berusia 20 tahun itu aktif dalam olahraga dan badminton ketika di bangku sekolah.

“Saya mewakili sekolah dalam acara pecut 100m dan 200m, bahkan pernah mewakili zon. Saya juga giat dalam badminton. Apabila guru mempelawa murid untuk menjalani ujian pemilihan, saya pergi.

“Akhirnya saya muncul juara perseorangan daerah Maran dan mara sehingga ke suku akhir peringkat negeri Pahang,” katanya mengimbas kenangan manis ketika remaja.

Apabila terpaksa memilih di antara badminton dan bola sepak, anak bongsu daripada sembilan beradik itu tidak perlu berfikir dua kali.

“Minat saya hanya satu - bola sepak,” katanya.

Terpilih mewakili pasukan sekolah-sekolah Bawah 12 tahun Malaysia ke Saitama, Jepun, pada 2003 sesudah menonjol bersama skuad Pahang yang bertanding dalam kejohanan Majlis Sukan Sekolah-sekolah Malaysia (MSSM) berbentuk karnival di FAM, Wan Zack tidak menoleh ke belakang.

Senarai penyertaannya dalam bidang sukan memudahkan Wan Zack menyertai SMK Kuala Lanar, Kuala Lipis, sekolah yang dianggap akademi sukan negeri.

Sejajar dasar Sekolah Sukan Bukit Jalil (SSBJ) yang membuka pintu kepada pelajar Tingkatan Empat, Wan Zack dipelawa menjalani ujian pemilihan di bawah kendalian Aminuddin Hussein dan Ahmad Fairuz Yunus.

Mengutip pengalaman bersama pasukan Bawah 16 tahun yang dikendalikan Robert Alberts dan Kim Swee di Hertfordshire dan Slovakia, Wan Zack cuba mencuri tempat dalam Harimau Muda di bawah K. Rajagobal pada 2008.

Namun dia digugurkan. Ini memaksa Wan Zack mengasah bakat bersama Felda United yang ketika itu dibimbing Reduan Abdullah, disusuli E. Elavarasan.

Apabila Kim Swee dilantik mengurus Harimau Muda B dengan Harimau Muda A dikendali Azraai Khor Abdullah selepas Rajagobal diangkat menjaga pasukan senior kebangsaan, Wan Zack kembali diberi perhatian.

Kini Wan Zack bersaing dengan Wan Zaharulnizam Wan Zakaria untuk mendapat kepercayaan Kim Swee bagi mengisi posisi sayap kanan. Dalam arena bola sepak tempatan, Wan Zack bukan berseorangan dalam membawa nama arwah bapanya Wan Nor Wan Ahmad yang meninggal dunia dua tahun lalu.

Abangnya, Wan Azwari, beraksi selaku pemain pertahanan dengan Johor.

“Setakat ini, kami hanya pernah bertembung sekali, dalam perlawanan persahabatan,” kata Wan Zack yang gemar bermain snuker di masa lapangnya.

Biodata
Wan Zack Haikal Wan Nor
Tarikh lahir: 28 Januari, 1991
Asal: Maran, Pahang
Posisi: Sayap kanan
Sekolah: SRK Maran, SMK Kuala Lanar, Kuala Lipis, Sekolah Sukan Bukit Jalil (SSBJ)
Pasukan: Felda United, Harimau Muda B, Harimau Muda A
Hobi: Bermain snuker, permainan konsol
Masakan kegemaran: Ikan patin masak tempoyak


MAHALLI JASULI

 TERUJA KONGSI BILIK DENGAN AMRI

 APABILA seawal usia tiga tahun didedahkan kepada bola sepak, tidak hairanlah sukan itu dijadikan kerjaya oleh Mahalli Jasuli.

“Sejak saya di tadika lagi saya dibawa bapa (Jasuli Sarafi) ke Stadium Merdeka untuk menyaksikan Selangor atau Kuala Lumpur beraksi,” kata Mahalli mengimbas detik-detik awal berjinak dengan bola sepak.

“Selangor ketika itu ada Malek Rahman dan Azman Adnan. Kuala Lumpur ada Liew Kim Tu.”

 Mencapai usia 12 tahun, Mahalli, anak sulung daripada tiga beradik yang berasal dari Selayang Baru, sudahpun menyarung jersi Selangor.

Sambil bermain, Mahalli tetap berkunjung ke stadium untuk mencari sumber inspirasi.

“Idola saya Amri Yahyah. Saya pun minat jersi bernombor 17 kerana Amri,” dedah Mahalli.

“Saya tidak dapat gambarkan perasaan saya apabila terpilih mewakili negara, beraksi pula di sisi Amri. Bukan itu saja, saya juga ditempatkan sebilik dengan Amri, tidak kira sama ada untuk tugasan dalam negeri atau luar negara. Jadi saya selalu ambil kesempatan bertanya kepada Amri bagaimana untuk memperbaiki kelemahan.”

Mahalli kini bek kanan tetap buat pasukan negara sekalipun tidak demikian keadaannya ketika anak buah K. Rajagobal memulakan kempen Piala Suzuki AFF di Jakarta tahun lalu. Jika diikutkan dari segi usia dan pengalaman, Mahalli di tempat ketiga di belakang Razman Roslan dan Sabre Mat Abu.

Namun prestasi Razman ketika tewas 5-1 kepada Indonesia pada perlawanan pembukaan kurang meyakinkan.

Mahalli diberi peluang pada pertemuan dengan Thailand yang berkesudahan 0-0, lantas dia tidak menoleh ke belakang.

Sambil sibuk menjalankan tugas mengekang pemain sayap kiri lawan, Mahalli gemar menyusup ke kubu lawan.

Dalam keghairahannya menyerang, sepakannya terbias ke gawang Laos ketika Malaysia menang 5-1.

Pada final pusingan pertama di Stadium Nasional, Bukit Jalil, Mahalli melambungkan bola tepat ke kepala Safee Sali yang menanduk jaringan kedua peribadinya untuk menjadikan kedudukan selesa pasukan negara mendahului Indonesia 3-0.

“Saya ingat saingan Piala Suzuki bukan saja kerana kita menang tetapi juga kerana saya tidak beraksi pada perlawanan pertama dan terakhir,” katanya yang digantung secara automatik akibat menerima kad kuning kedua pada final pertama di Bukit Jalil.

Sumbangan Mahalli sedikit sebanyak menebus “dosanya” sesudah dibuang padang oleh pengadil Australia, Ben Williams, ketika Malaysia tewas kepada China pada Sukan Asia di Guangzhou, November lalu.

“Itu kad merah pertama dalam kerjaya saya. Saya harap ia juga yang terakhir,” kata Mahalli mengenang detik tendangannya ke luar padang yang mendorong Williams melayangkan kad kuning kedua kepada pemain itu. Seterusnya Safiq Rahim dibuang padang kerana protes berlebihan.

Setelah mewakili SK Selayang Baru dan seterusnya Selangor untuk pertandingan Bawah 12 tahun Majlis Sukan Sekolah-sekolah Malaysia (MSSM), Mahalli yang meminati bintang Liverpool, menggilap bakatnya di Sekolah Projek di Shah Alam sebelum terpilih menyertai program elit Sekolah Sukan Bukit Jalil (SSBJ) kendalian Aminuddin Hussein dan Ahmad Fairuz Yunus.

“Dari tingkatan satu ke tingkatan tiga, saya beraksi di penjuru. Di Bukit Jalil, saya banyak beraksi selaku pemain tengah.”

Mahalli kemudian terpilih menganggotai skuad Bawah 19 Selangor selaku penyerang.

“Saya ada juga jaringkan tujuh gol dan agaknya sebab itu saya dapat peluang sertai skuad kebangsaan Bawah 19 tahun kendalian K. Rajagobal dalam Liga Perdana.”

Mahasiswa dalam jurusan Pembangunan Manusia di Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) Serdang, Mahalli kini antara yang tertulis selaku tonggak skuad pra-Olimpik bimbingan Ong Kim Swee. Akan tiba masanya Mahalli pula menjadi idola.

Mahalli Jasuli

Tarikh lahir: 2 April, 1989
Asal: Selayang Baru
Pasukan: Harimau Muda A
Pencapaian: Pingat emas Sukan SEA Laos 2009, juara Piala Suzuki AFF di Jakarta 2010.


HELMI REMELI

Dari Kedawang ke Kuala Terengganu

MEMBANCUH simen, menyusun botol minyak gamat, mengail ikan, berniaga laksa dan menjaga lori keluar masuk dari lokasi pembinaan - antara kerja-kerja yang pernah dilakukan Helmi Remeli sebelum takdir menentukan rezekinya hadir dalam bola sepak.

Memori kais pagi, makan pagi itu belum terpadam daripada kotak pemikiran bek kanan Terengganu itu.

Bahkan ia menyedarkan Helmi, anak kelahiran Kedawang, Pulau Langkawi, agar tidak lupa asal-usulnya sekalipun sudah meniti kejayaan. Dalam tempoh seminggu bulan lalu, Helmi mengecap nikmat berganda.

Pada 4 Jun, dia menyarung jersi kebangsaan buat julung kali menentang Hong Kong. Genap seminggu kemudian, dia membantu Terengganu menjulang Piala FA, membenam Kelantan 2-1 di Stadium Nasional, Bukit Jalil.

“Alhamdulillah, saya amat bersyukur, terharu dan bangga atas pengalaman itu. Detik manis bermain untuk negara disusuli kejayaan memenangi Piala FA,” kata Helmi mengulas minggu yang cukup manis itu.

“Ia mengubat kecewa saya yang tidak bermain selama lebih enam bulan musim lalu akibat kecederaan lutut.”

Keputusan Datuk K. Rajagobal membuka pintu kepada Helmi pada usia 26 tahun cukup dihargai bek kanan yang pernah menyarung jersi Kuala Muda Naza itu.

“Saya tidak sangka terpilih mewakili negara pada usia ini. Ketika dimaklumkan akan bermain melawan Hong Kong, saya cemas. Begitu juga pengalaman bermain depan stadium yang dipenuhi penonton pada final Piala FA. Tapi bila sudah bermain, tekanan itu mula dilupakan,” katanya.

Sekalipun bola sepak menjulang nama Helmi, dia sebenarnya mewakili daerah Langkawi dalam ping pong ketika zaman persekolahannya.

“Saya bermain bola sejak bersekolah di SK Kedawang tetapi lebih cenderung bermain ping pong hingga mewakili Langkawi dalam kejohanan empat penjuru dan Piala Menteri Besar.”

Selepas menamatkan pengajian di SMK Kedawang, Helmi memutuskan menolak tawaran ke Tingkatan Enam, sebaliknya berazam mencari pekerjaan tetap.

“Sambil itu, saya membantu bapa dalam kerja pembinaan, membancuh simen dan bertukang. Ibu pula berniaga laksa. Kemudian saya mendapat kerja di sebuah hotel sebagai beach boy dengan gaji RM300 sebulan. Tidak sampai setahun, saya mendapat kerja di kilang minyak gamat.”

Hala tuju hidupnya berubah pada 2004 apabila seorang jurulatih mencadangkan Helmi menyertai sekumpulan pemain dari Langkawi untuk menjalani ujian pemilihan skuad Piala Emas Raja-raja Kedah.

“Saya terpilih bermain sebagai pemain tengah,” katanya.

Dari situ, bekas jurulatih kebangsaan, Ahmad Shafie, mempelawa Helmi menyertai Kuala Muda Naza.

“Saya timba pengalaman selama tiga musim, beraksi di bawah tiga jurulatih. Saya didedahkan bermain semua posisi, bahkan pernah menjadi back-up striker buat Akmal Rizal Rakhli.”

Apabila Irfan Bakti Abu Salim menelefonnya mengajaknya berhijrah ke Terengganu pada hujung 2009, Helmi sedang menimbang tawaran sebuah pasukan di utara.

Mujur buat Helmi, keputusannya ke Pantai Timur melapangkan rezekinya.

Helmi Remeli
Tarikh lahir: 24 Mac, 1985
Asal: Kedawang, Langkawi
Pasukan: Terengganu, Kuala Muda Naza
Posisi: Bek kanan
Pencapaian: Juara Piala FA 2011


Terima kasih Kosmo


Terima kasih Kosmo menemu ramah Zainal Abidin Rawop, Sharon Wee, Burn dan aku - empat individu dengan latar belakang yang berlainan tetapi kini boleh dikatakan sebumbung.







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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

My proposals in restructuring FAM and football in 1999

In August 24, 1999, I wrote a preview ahead of the youth development workshop conducted by the National Sports Council (NSC), expecting changes to be implemented...

THE youth development workshop at the National Sports Council (NSC) today is set to moot the idea of a complete restructuring in the FA of Malaysia (FAM).

The proposals, assuming they be implemented, will not exactly launch Malaysian soccer into orbit but at least, we would have a solid base to identify the best young players from.

* FAM must be independent of the State FAs
The FAM council are the highest authority in Malaysian soccer. They are the policy-makers. Most of them are representatives of the State FAs who do not give two hoots about development. And they too have been relying on FAM for grants rather than sourcing their own income.

Conclusion - Amend the FAM constitution to enable the national body to shift focus towards developing the sport. FAM must be run by technical people and corporate figures with the principal office-bearers as figureheads.

* A new league structure run by a separate entity.
The time is ripe for a separate entity to run the M-League, similar to the J-League in Japan. The J-League, introduced in 1993, requires each club to set down deep roots throughout its home community, with the corporate sponsors providing crucial back-up with their administrative skills. The J-League's board of directors and auditors are elected by the general meeting. The executive committee consists of the chairman, directors with specific responsibilities and one representative selected from each club. The board of directors is the J-League's highest authority in deciding the aims and policies of the league. The executive committee puts those aims and policies into effect as well as deliberating and deciding on matters entrusted to it by the board of directors. And not everybody can play in the J-League because there are five conditions to be met - Incorporation, players and coaching licences, team structure with emphasis on junior teams, stadia facilities and contributions to home community. Incorporation means each club must be a registered corporation specialising in football. This is to ensure that each club provides a secure management base which serves as an effective vehicle for players, coaches and other club officials.

Conclusion - it's worth a try. But are we bold enough? And can we see a league without the likes of Terengganu, Kelantan or Melaka?

* Players' education
If the two proposals are implemented, then FAM can emulate the Japan FA (JFA) by drawing up a complete coaching system designed to produce creative players. Of utmost importance is football education for players from the age of eight - the dos and don'ts as well as the motivational, technical and tactical aspects of the beautiful game.

Conclusion - We are different from the Japanese but why should that be a hindrance? Malaysia used to whip Japan in the 70s and 80s until they decided to commit themselves to soccer while Malaysia have been irresponsible in letting the youth development in our game drop in standard.

* Coaches' education
FAM director of coaching Ron Smith has recently pointed out a fact - how youth coaches tend to emphasise on results rather than education. Most coaches, Smith said, want results even at school level which in turn puts fear and pressure to the young players. In Japan, JFA have devised a modern training module which is updated regularly, to be implemented at all levels. Therefore all coaches, from the schools right up to the J-League, adopt the same methods and principles of soccer. JFA have also introduced a coaching licence - more of a certificate on how to organise games for the young - called the Boys and Girls licence. The emphasis is to enjoy the game. Only from the ages of 15 that the players are taught the basic tactical movements.

Conclusion - We have nothing to lose but everything to gain if we adopt the same attitude.


The visit to Japan, June 1999

This piece appeared on The Malay Mail on June 30, 1999. And my, things are slow moving la in Malaysia...


It was in Japan that I renewed my friendship with Dell. We were not on speaking terms for almost three years...well in order to break the ice, he gave me a slap! hahahaha


THE Japan FA yesterday shared their recipe for success with Malaysia - a combination of hard work, high-quality coaches at grassroots level and a sound development programme which offers a schoolboy up to 600 competitive matches by the time he finishes high school.

The six-man FAM delegate were given a low-down on how the rising sons of Asia have evolved into a footballing force after launching their youth development system in 1980.

FAM assistant secretary Yap Nyim Keong, head of academies Datuk Paduka Ahmad Basri Akil, director-general of education Datuk Shukor Abdullah and FAM director of coaching Ronald Smith, FAM council member Dell Akbar Khan and national Under-19 coach B. Sathianathan were briefed by three JFA personnel.

The three are JFA director of coaching Kohzo Tashima, head coach of the regional development JFA youth system, Tetsuaki Tsukuda and chief staff of planning department at J-League Takehiko Sano. The study group also took the opportunity to visit the Japan organising committee for the 2002 World Cup Korea-Japan (JAWOC). They were hosted by JAWOC deputy general secretary Hiroshi Ushijima.

These are the steps taken by JFA to improve their standards.

* They send coaches to Europe for 10 days or two weeks to training camps for training centre coaches. For example, they will spend several days in Holland, France, Germany and England to update their knowledge;

* There is no youth league but the schools play among themselves in a very competitive environment via several tournaments lined up for them throughout the year;

* Altogether, there are nine regional training centres and 47 prefecture training centres and district training centres all over Japan.

* In many prefectures and districts they already have one group of about 30 players in each age group for Under-12 right up to Under-18;

* The aim of the training centre system which began in 1980 were:

 i) to identify the most talented players in the country in each age group and to mould them into creative players;
ii) to practise the consistent, systematic coaching based on the coaching guide which is used by all football coaches in Japan (from professionals right up to school teachers;
iii) to raise the standard and the ability of the coaches and to introduce and to spread information to each region;

* There are three age categories - Under-17, Under-14 and Under-12 and there are four categories of training from district training centre which is held several times a month and followed by approximately once a month at the 47 prefecture training centres and several times a year at the nine regional training centres culminating with five days a year at the national training centre in Shizuoka.

* They choose the 16 best players from each region from all categories. So there are 144 players from each age category.

* The Japan school system are made up of three levels - primary (age six-12), junior high school (13-15) and high school (16-18). The players in each category play up to 80-100 matches a year and by the time they leave school they will have played 600 matches.

WHAT THEY OBSERVED

RONALD SMITH (FAM director of coaching)

I gained some accurate information on developments behind the scene from the people who matter most - the coaches at grassroots level. (Tetsuaki) Tsukuda is not only a member of the JFA technical comittee but also the head coach of the nine regions under the JFA youth system. Interestingly, (Kohzo) Tashima, who is the JFA director of coaching, coaches the national Under-15 side as well. I wouldn't know of such arrangements if I hadn't come here. This, inevitably, gives them the credibility as they get to practise what they preach. They are well-informed young coaches who are up-to-date in their knowledge of modern soccer. Not someone out of touch who keeps harping on what they did 10 years ago. Tashima and Tsukuda are doing two jobs at the same time. Not only are they involved in coaching youngsters, they are also heavily involved in producing a new generation of high-quality coaches. These young coaches participate actively in developing football by giving input to the JFA coaching structure. We found out just how much schoolboys in Japan play football. Tsukuda told us most schoolboys in Japan play up to a 100 matches a year, most of us were startled by the figure. But this reinforces in my mind what needs to be done to find a way to enable our youngsters to play soccer competitively for a longer period. Once the system is in place, the next step is to identify talent. People might say playing 100 games could be detrimental to a schoolboy's overall progress but just take a look at the current Japanese Olympic side. They are the flagship of the system. It's a matter of either you overdo it or you give them just enough matches to improve. But in our case, we should push the players to play as many matches as possible.

DATUK AHMAD BASRI AKIL (FAM head of academies)

WHAT we gathered was that we need cooperation from all quarters. We need the large participation of the public, the parents, the teachers, coaches, schools, institutes of higher learning and the relevant authorities. Secondly, we must put our heart and soul into implementing the policies. JFA even have a mission statement to push everybody towards the same direction to set long-term targets. They are already talking beyond the 2002 World Cup. To me, the study tour is not a waste of time. We used to beat Japan in the 70s when we were more concerned with the threat posed by South Korea. Now Japan have attained a certain measure of success. So we need to find out for ourselves the reason for the recipe behind the success. And despite the success, Japan face difficulties in financing the development projects. In that sense, we are luckier as Malaysia have the financial muscle and the resources. The issue here is whether we can go ahead with the implementation on a full scale.

DATUK SHUKOR ABDULLAH (Director general of education)



Ron Smith (left) and the late Dr Shukor (second from left) and Ahmad Basri (right)...in the background behind the lady is Zainal Abidin Rawop


WE will definitely look into organising more competitive matches among schoolboys. Frankly, I believe interest in soccer among today's generation has dwindled resulting in a smaller base of players at school level. We are extending the annual Malaysian School Sports Council (MSSM) calendar to allow the players to play competitive soccer for a longer period. For example, Fourth Formers can play several short tournaments in August. Last year, we launched a championship among premier schools. Next year, we are coming up with an inter-school league to create wider interest in soccer. This competitive environment will definitely improve our standard. At the moment, we are also contemplating having one officer at the education district office to coordinate all soccer activities at district level.

DELL AKBAR KHAN (FAM council member)

THE fact that the J-League imposed certain conditions for aspiring clubs to become members indirectly force them to put greater emphasis on youth development. For example, a J-League team structure must consist of a first team, a reserve team, a young team (Under-18), a junior youth team (Under-16) and a Under-12 side. So these teams must operate under a unified system for fostering players in order to produce as many calibre players as possible. We bemoan the lack of facilities but I believe one way to compensate for the lack of football fields in KL is by letting two or three schools share one pitch.


Of course the trip was an eye-opener for me...