Saturday, January 31, 2009


"He must be very ignorant for he answers every question he is asked. "

Both the quotes are from Voltaire are correctly describes the situation that current football coach B. Sathianathan is in. For Sathia will face the wrath of the FAM Exco for having ridiculed the Malaysian football league, a honest assessment by someone who is passionate about football.

Many have said that the writing is on the wall for this former Pewira Habib bank officer, but I tend to disagree. Sathia, I believe will be given a stay of execution by the Exco, at least until the Merdeka Tournament. A rap on the knuckles for saying what was the truth will most likely be the outcome tomorrow, but then again if you are a punter do not put your money on this. For FAM works in a mysterious way and one can never be able to pin point what direction the Exco will take.

One thing though is certain, the State football associations, or as they are commonly known as the affiliates will bear the brunt of the blame for the situation football is in today. Nevermind the fact that it is not they who deterime how FAM is administrated or how the players are selected or how the league is run, it is they who are to blame, period.

To those in the Exco, I only offer these words, yet again from Voltaire:

"Stand upright, speak thy thoughts, declare The truth thou hast, that all may share; Be bold, proclaim it everywhere: They only live who dare. "

It is the wise men from the Exco who will have to speak up if they truly love football for no matter what anyone else says, it is never accepted, not only in football but in Malaysian sports. Blaming the states seems to be the best solution to get out of this situation for some people.

However I shall take a prophecies from Nostradamus, when describing the death of JFK, to best describe how the "taichi" works in Malaysian football.

“The ancient work will be accomplished,
and from the roof evil ruin will fall on to the great man.
Being dead, they will accuse an innocent of the deed,
the guilty one hidden in the misty woods.”

Though we hope for change, it always ends up as wishful thinking. Nothing will happen tomorrow, trust me. And I shall let Voltaire have the final say.

"Everything's fine today, that is our illusion."