Zaman orang ramai tak pandang bola Malaysia, politikus pun tak ambil pusing, aku sudah menulis mengenai isu-isu dalam FAM. Tak payahlah nak suruh aku komen setiap benda yang berlaku...siapa yang tak faham tulisan bawah ini, google translate...
Artikel ini aku tulis pada Jun 2007, sebelum pusingan akhir Piala Asia 2007...menekankan bahawa kepentingan skuad negara mengatasi segala-galanya...
SELANGOR attacker and national No 1 hitman Akmal Rizal Ahmad Rakhli will undergo a magnetic resonance imaging test today.
If the diagnosis is anything more serious than mere muscle knock on his right knee, who do we blame?
Akmal was not supposed to play for Selangor against Kedah in the FA Cup semi-final second leg on Saturday night.
He, like the rest of the 22 named for the Asian Cup, the continent's showpiece that Malaysia last qualified for in 1980, was being primed for the all-important clash with 2004 runners-up China. That match takes place 16 days from today.
But the FA of Malaysia competitions committee chairman Datuk Raja Ahmad Zainuddin Raja Omar thought otherwise.
FAM felt robbing the four semi-finalists - Kedah, Perlis, Selangor and Johor Pasir Gudang - of their star players would be unfair and take the gloss out of the FA Cup matches.
Little regard was given to national coach Norizan Bakar's needs. As Malaysia will enter the competition as the lowest-ranked nation, Norizan needs to leave no stones unturned to knock his side into decent shape to do justice as hosts.
The only trouble is, his employers, FAM, cared little.
Some may argue at such a crucial stage, the FA Cup needed its best players. Some may also argue that injuries can happen during training. But what about the fact there could be little chance of Malaysia taking part in the Asian Cup after this, considering the limited talent that we have?
Selangor were desperate to have the national quartet of Akmal, Safee Sali, Fadzli Saari and Shukor Adan to overcome a 2-0 deficit in the first leg.
Now compare this to the situation faced by no-nonsense South Korea coach Pim Verbeek.
The Dutchman and the K-League bosses have been feuding over the availability of players ahead of the tournament, with Verbeek slamming the league for playing too many games in the build-up.
Clubs balked at his insistence on summoning the national team last Saturday morning, which would have forced the players to miss league matches scheduled for later that day.
Some teams threatened not to release their players at a board meeting Thursday, but they backed down after the Korean Football Association rejected pleas to delay the call-up.
Malaysia cannot afford to play without Akmal, who netted Malaysia's solitary goal against UAE.
If he is declared unfit for the Asian Cup, then we should demand for Raja Ahmad to swap his expensive Backbenchers suit for the Malaysian jersey.
He can take the pitch on July 10, alongside the likes of FA of Malaysia secretary Datuk Seri Dr Ibrahim Saad, FA of Selangor secretary Hamidin Mohd Amin and Selangor coach Dollah Salleh.
After all, they are the experts.
Gara-gara tulisan ini, aku "dibelasah" Dollah Salleh yang marah kerana dia tidak terbabit dalam keputusan itu. Raja Ahmad Zainuddin pun mengamuk...tapi last-last dia ajak minum teh tarik...dia politikus yang ada kelas...Hamidin, belum bergelar Datuk, tetap cool dari dulu sampai sekarang...Datuk Seri Dr Ibrahim Saad sedikit pun tak komen...sekadar menyebut "itu depa yang buat keputusan, bukan aku"....