Leadership - a process whereby an individual influences a group of individuals to aim and achieve a common goal.
Goal. Aha, everyone knows what a goal is. The French call it but..
By now virtually everyone has spoken on the recent FAM line-up. I hope the leaders are able to lead...
So what next?
First and foremost, FAM should come up with a vision and mission statement. Give it a name, Vision Malaysia, Visi Malaysia, or Wawasan Bola Sepak Kebangsaan. Sell the idea to the rakyat.
I was impressed with Tengku Mahkota's speech when the Super League was launched in 2003. The plan was for every team to have a place to call home and the necessary eco-system conducive for success. Simple things like a medical doctor and a physiotherapist attached to the team, team bus and proper office. In short, a fully professional set-up...
Seven years on, KAFA and FAS do not have a place to call home!
I've grown tired writing about what we should do, like introduce U11 and U12 League competitions for junior schools at district level, ensure teachers handling grassroots activities and teams have adequate knowledge and coaching qualifications bla bla bla.
The immediate concern to me is the national team with an average age of 23. Coach K. Rajagobal has made the likes of Aidil Zafuan and Zaquan Adha, Khyril Muhymeen Zambri, Safiq Rahim and Norshahrul Idlan Talaha the nucleus of his squad. That means in theory they should hit peak form in seven years.
Why don't FAM convince the GLCs to support the various national teams?
Imagine Sime Darby taking charge of the national senior team in terms of salaries and training overseas. In return the Sime Darby branding will be visible on the team's training kit, backdrop of every Press conference and interviews involving personnel.
TM, instead of pouring money into Manchester United's coffers, can sponsor Harimau Muda A and B. Or TNB, or Petronas...
Khairy Jamaluddin envisioned the idea of a sponsor for the various competitions, like TM for Super League, McDonalds for the Premier League and etc etc. We should also explore the idea for the various national teams!
Consultants would charge a king's ransom for this piece of advice. For the love of the game, loose cannon is doing it for free!