TOMORROW'S FA of Malaysia (FAM) exco meeting should, based on president Sultan Ahmad Shah's promise last week, result in some drastic decisions. The unfit national team's 5-0 loss to the United Arab Emirates in an Asian Cup qualifier two weeks was the last straw for Sultan Ahmad Shah and fed-up of being taken advantage of, he promised that he would speak his mind from now on. Such is the anger with local football that many have even called for Sultan Ahmad Shah, at the helm for 25 years now, to step down. While that may satisfy some, Sultan Ahmad Shah's departure...

DON'T just blame us is the cry from several national players in the aftermath of the 5-0 thrashing by the United Arab Emirates in an Asian Cup qualifier on Wednesday. The system, said the players, is equally to blame as they are all products of a league that is simply not competitive enough to produce a strong national team. "We must first accept that the Malaysian Super League (MSL) is not as competitive as the Japan or Korean leagues," said national skipper Shukor Adan yesterday. "We lost to UAE, who have played in the World Cup before. What have we...

FA of Malaysia (FAM) president Sultan Ahmad Shah has had enough with the repeated failures of the national team and has promised that drastic action will be taken to arrest the never-ending slide. Sultan Ahmad Shah intends to speak his mind at the FAM exco meeting and the state FAs can expect an earful. "I have had enough and I am going to make drastic changes when the exco meets. I have been taking criticism for far too long and I have never complained. I love football and that is why, for the last 24 years, I've been here," said...

HE is under fire but national coach B. Sathianathan is not backing away from his criticism of the M-League. His "M-League is no football" statement has irked many in the FA of Malaysia but Sathianathan, who could well lose his job, made no apologies in the aftermath of Malaysia's 5-0 thrashing by the United Arab Emirates in an Asian Cup qualifier on Wednesday. Sathianathan did, though, try to explain his real reason for the remark. "When I said that M-League is no football, I meant that teams and coaches must demand more from the players. We (the national team) can't...

THE unexpected did not happen as the tie went according to the script and Malaysia were thrashed 5-0 by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in their opening 2011 Asian Cup qualifying match at the KLFA Stadium yesterday. UAE started slowly but once they got into their groove, there was no way Malaysia were going to deny them the winning start they desperately wanted after their Gulf Cup exit. Though some 5,000 actually made their way to the stadium, it would have been hard to find more than the hardcore who expected Malaysia to open their qualifying campaign on a winning note....

BARRING objections, K. Rajagopal is set to be given the responsibility of guiding the national Under-23 football team for the Laos Sea Games in December. The recommendation for Rajagopal to be given the job will be made by the technical sub-committee the FA of Malaysia formed following the senior team's failure to make the Asean Championship semi-finals last month. There were 10 applicants for the post, including former Thailand and Indonesia national Peter Withe and UPB-MyTeam's Boyan Hodak, but Rajagopal's familiarity with the the players saw him getting the support of the sub-committee and the national team management committee has to...

ISMAIL Matter has earned the nickname `Asian Maradona' for his ball control, pace, resourcefulness and thunder bolt shots and the United Arab Emirates player will be out terrorise the unfit Malaysian team in the first leg of the 2011 Asian Cup Qualifiers at the KLFA Stadium tonight. Ismail, who wears the No 10 jersey, will be out for blood against Malaysia as he will want to prove his worth as one of the best players in Asia. And Malaysia's hopes of getting a good result dimmed after national coach B. Sathianathan revealed that only three out of his 18 charges...

SPORTS Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob will launch the London 2012 Olympics Action Plan next month with the hope that the programme, prepared by the National Sports Council (NSC), will see Malaysia win its first gold medal. "We are focusing only on archery, badminton and cycling for the London Olympics and preparations did not start just today but five years ago. The plan and programme prepared by the NSC comprises the support system and also financial support." said Ismail Sabri at the Sports Ministry in Putrajaya. While the NSC failed to meet its target of one gold medal in...

NATIONAL striker Safee Sali isn't setting a high target for the Asian Cup qualifier against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) tomorrow - all he wants is a fighting performance from Malaysia. UAE, who arrived in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, are licking their wounds after being eliminated from the Gulf Cup and Safee expects a backlash, especially as they were the defending champions. "It is not going to be an easy match as we will be up against one of the best teams in the Middle East," said the Selangor striker. Safee said the short training stint would also make it...

FORMER Perak players Carlos Caceres, Jorge Nunoz and Mario Bario (left), who featured for Perak in the 2007 and 2008 seasons, have written to Fifa seeking the world body's assistance to help claim a combined total of US$54,000 (RM186,000) owing to them in salaries by the Perak FA. The Chilean trio have waited for about four months since writing to the FA of Malaysia and have not received a reply. The FA of Malaysia said that it's is not its fault since it is the Perak Football Association (PFA) who owe the money. But where Fifa is concerned it only...