Wednesday, July 11, 2007


THe knives are out for coach Norizan Bakar and another defeat at the hands of Uzbekistan would confirm the inevitable. So disgusted was the Tengku Mahkota of Pahang, Deputy President of FAM, that he left the stadium when the score was 4-0 in favour of China. And who would blame him for we were not outclassed because of lacking of quality players but were tactically undone. How would one explain the absence of K. Nanthakumar from the starting XI when it was evident that China will look towards their airial strength to prise open the Malaysian defence. And fielding two ageing strikers against the Chinese was another blunder. Still we must give credit to the fans who believed in the team and were there in numbers to cheer them on. What can we look forward to on Saturday?

Present at the VIP box was NSC Director General Dato Zolkples Embong. Perhaps he should initiate the move to send some of the younger players to be attached with clubs overseas. Word has it that the Negri Sembilan twins are headed for Europe next season and that is a good move, something other clubs, states should follow if they are serious in uplifting the standard of Malaysian football.