Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Qilin-g time? Definitely not...
A former PKNP footballer is currently imparting his knowledge to a youth club in Shanghai, China. Check out this website http://www.qilinfootball.com.
I'm sure Shazwan (picture) has tons of stories to share. Teaching kids the proper basics in a huge country like China must be quite a daunting task.
Whether or not he has the necessary credentials is secondary. Once he comes back for good, we need people like Shazwan to work with our kids.
"Educating the coaches, this is to me a priority. I have learnt a lot in my 7 years in Shanghai working with international coaches. We coach kids aged 6 to 16 and when I look back at my playing days, the approach is entirely different. What my youth players get now I did not get even when I was still playing at the age of 24 !!
"No2..Development...What are we doing with our own youth players? We have the potential, that's for sure. I see it for myself, but what went wrong? We need to have a big pool of players to choose from. We can't just select 18 youth players to play for the State, train them for a tournament, then they break up. There has to be continuity. Those who are not selected should also be kept together (district level) and train as usual to compete for places in the State team. This has to start from young.
"No3...Progress...Now our players in the M-League have lost the appetite to improve themselves. It's human nature that if you are doing well, you tend to take your foot off the pedal. Yeah..you can hit 30 goals a season in M-League, but then at international level, you look like a school boy playing against men...Our young players need more exposure to play outside of Malaysia..be it in competition..be it in attaching themselves with overseas clubs...then they'll know that they have to improve to get a slot...over here (foreign kids) we have a few kids being scouted for the USA Cup..they receive offers to continue studies and play football in the US...and they grab it..their parents allow it...To be honest, we have much much better players than these players but if we don't go out and gain those experience, progress will be stagnant...and in the end, those who did go out and gain exposure will eventually be better players than those who stayed."