Wednesday, December 2, 2009

11-0 win...but Raja's men not up to the task

National coach K. Rajagobal with members of the media

My heart says Malaysia can go far. My head begs to differ.

I've gone on record to say Malaysia's chances of ending the 20-year wait for the SEA Games gold medal in football are slim, maybe as slim as the Jacob's Low Salt Hi-Fibre biscuit cracker I'm consuming at this moment.

At best we can expect a semi-final appearance in Laos, that's all. Even if the team can brag they scored 11 goals in the opening tie against Timor Leste a short while ago.

And what a way to start the campaign, not the 11-0 whitewash of Timor Leste but the events leading to the team's departure from the Subang Airforce base...


PETALING JAYA: The na­tio­nal Under-23 men’s football team for the Laos SEA Games were left grounded for nearly six hours at the TUDM Subang Base yesterday before their chartered flight to Vien­tiane was called off after a long delay in getting diplo­matic clearance.

It was a bad start for the Malaysian team, who wanted to have at least two days to familiarise with the conditions in Vientiane before their opening match in Group A against Timor Leste tomorrow.

The 28-member contingent, including eight officials, checked into the Air Force base at 9am and went through the normal briefing procedures by TUDM personnel. But much to their discomfort, they had to endure the long wait before the flight was aborted.

No go: The national Under-23 football players with coach K. Rajagopal (second from left) and FA of Malaysia general secretary Datuk Azzuddin Ahmad (right) were grounded for six hours at the TUDM Subang airbase before the flight was called off Monday. — RICKY LAI / The Star

The FA of Malaysia (FAM) general secretary, Datuk Azzuddin Ahmad, who was at the base to send off the team, made attempts to obtain diplomatic clearance from Laos and finally got it at 4.30pm.

“It was too late for the team to leave as they do not provide night landing facilities at the base in Vientiane. The team will now leave at 8am tomorrow (today),” said Azzuddin.

“We made all arrangements 10 days ago for this flight to Laos and we are surprised over the delay. We have alerted Wisma Putra (Home Ministry) and the Foreign Ministry on the matter.”

National coach K. Rajagopal said that they had no choice but to train at the Wisma FAM in Petaling Jaya yesterday.

“I have told the players not to be distracted by this delay.

“Due to unavoidable circumstances, we have to be prepared for anything,” he said.

“We checked into a hotel, courtesy of the FAM, and I am glad the problem has been sorted out and we will make the trip tomorrow morning.”

The football competition of the 25th biennial Games gets underway before the official opening on Dec 9 and Malaysia have a tough task to qualify for the semi-finals.

After the match against Timor Leste, Malaysia will take on fancied Vietnam on Sunday followed by matches against Cambodia (Dec 8) and defending champions Thailand (Dec 11). Group B matches involve Laos, Myanmar, Singapore and Indonesia.


nstman said...

You dont need to be a Cassandra, or a pessimist, to predict that Malaysia will continue their long long wait for glory. We are simply not good enough. We can employ 1000 Rajas to coach our side. We can employ Maradona to head our coaching panel. It doesnt make any difference, because we are good for nothing. We are only good for eating char koay teow, laksa, nasi kangkang.

Doctor Romario said...

Well done Malaysia Super Tigers...Vietnam is next on Sunday..with the right strategy
we can top the group.

As for the flight...i think the squad should book early and fly MAS or Air Asia as they are FAM sponsors.

The TUDM C-130 should best be left on call 24 hours for military duties / national emergencies etc etc etc.

For the Game. For the World.

Anonymous said...

Your heart and head not syncronise kah? what lah you should be patriotic and be confident that Malaysia can easily win the Gold Medal .

Anonymous said...

malaysia has been drawn in tough group together with Vietnam n Thai..if they can beat one of these team, they can dream of final since we r way better than any team from group B....for the delay flight, again its poor management should be blamed..

the wagonman said...

kenapa negatif? kalau menang atau kalah memang adat perlawanan tapi kita semua patut bangga dengan perkembangan terkini pasukan bolasepak negara. Kalau nak komplen pun aku rasa komplen FAM lar ... orang yang berani amat diperlukan untuk kritik FAM. Pasukan Pahang dapat ihsan FAM untuk duduk lagi kat SuperLeague pe citer? Kritik la ... apa-apa pun Tahniah la bagi pasukan Pahang kerana sekali lagi diselamatkan oleh FAM.

"Ketelusan Memartabatkan Bolasepak Negara" - KL Casuals

Anonymous said...

we can employ 1000 simon cowell's equivalent to football pundit but still end up not having someone to eat his words after these lads deliver our first gold in 20 years


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