Aug 15 marks the official kick off of the English Premiership. So happens the 2009/2010 season's opening day of our former colonial masters' best ever product co-incide with the day the FA of Malaysia is supposed to meet to decide on the new league structure.
I've appeared on TV, saying and hoping the FAM would opt for meritocracy and restrict the top-tier to teams that meet the requirements, regardless of their status. Separating the clubs and putting them in one league, away from the State teams is not the answer.
If the State-based sentiments are being used as an excuse, an idea we should explore is for the existing clubs to merge with the State teams, for example Johor FC, since they are financially backed by Johor Corp, to be absorbed into Johor or Plus to sponsor Kuala Lumpur. Read S.S. Dhaliwal's take here. My fellow blogger also broke the story FAM's head of international department, E.R. Subramaniam, has quit the national body to join FIFpro. Read here.What's FIFpro? Read jaihomalaysia's FIFpro signs MoU with AFF.