FORMER national coach Allan Harris is willing to help the FA of Malaysia and no, he isn't expecting a big, fat salary. Harris, who handled the various national teams in 2000-2004, has been following Malaysian football's recent developments and just wants to give something back. "Football has been good to me and I just want to give something back to the game. Why not in Malaysia?" said Harris, who contacted Timesport from London yesterday. "I believe we can sit down and work things out. I am not looking at earning a big salary. FAM has been very good to me and...

HAVING weathered numerous storms before, one gets the impression that the FA of Malaysia feels that it is only a matter of time before the criticism that is being hurled at it goes away. After all, it has happened before as FAM has, somehow, always survived but one gets the feeling that this time, there is no escape. FAM has to change for if it doesn't, then it is staring at the end of Malaysian football. If there was one aspect that always saved FAM before, it was sound governance. Sure, the national team had become a pale shadow of what...

HE has only been in charge for three matches thus far but Ken Worden could be staring at the exit door should Terengganu get knocked out of the FA Cup by Young Tigers today. That would be a dubious record for a coach who has won the Malaysia Cup and guided the national team before to have but such is the state of Malaysian football. Apparently, if one official is to be believed, there are some in the Terengganu FA who are unhappy with how Worden is managing the team. "We are not very happy with the way he is...

Talk to any local football fan and you will only hear regret in his or her voice about the standards of Malaysian football today. They will most probably reminisce about the golden days of local football in the 1970s and 1980s. And it is very likely that they would not be able to name any big football stars from the current batch.Long gone are the days when football stadiums across the country and the Causeway - the likes of Stadium Merdeka, Likas Stadium, Stadium Larkin, City Stadium and the National Stadium - were packed with hardcore fans.It is very common now...

In a decision that is bound to attract criticism, FAM's disciplinary board (DB) meted out the punishment in response to Reduan's assertion that the national body had failed to monitor the fitness tests at the state and club levels.Players have to pass the fitness test in order to get their playing license.The issue blew up after only three players passed a National Sports Institute fitness test prior to Malaysia's Asian Cup qualifier against the United Arab Emirates last month. "We suspended him one year and fined him RM4,000 for hitting out at FAM openly. He had many channels of communication...

SOME national referees, fed-up with Lt Col (Rtd) Kamaruddin Sakhari - the head of their department - are seeking an audience with FA of Malaysia president Sultan Ahmad Shah to vent their frustration. The referees department, since last year, has come under fire from the media for the unprofessional way it has dealt with some of its members. This year, some referees whose credentials are questionable, have been assigned to local league matches. Appointments of match commissioners and referees inspectors have also been criticised. "We are sick and tired with FAM (for not looking into the matter). We have complained on...

K. RAJAGOPAL has led a somewhat charmed life in the corridors of the FA of Malaysia but one suspects his end is near. As expected, the FAM's technical committee has decided to recommend to the council that Rajagopal, currently  In charge of the national Under-19 squad, be given the Under-23 squad. He is also expected to be the interim national team coach as FAM has, despite having shortlisted three candidates, decided to advertise the post but Rajagopal's fate will be decided by the Under-23 squad's performance in the Laos Sea Games in December. FAM  is targetting gold as it believes...

KHALID Jamlus seems to have found his scoring touch again but this time for Kelantan and he is as deadly as ever. The former Perak striker was on target just 30 seconds into Tuesday's Malaysia Super League match against Pahang at the Darulmakmur Stadium in Kuantan which Kelentan won 5-1. Ziarul Fitri Ishak added a second in the ninth minute before Mohd Badri Radzi and Indra Putra Mahayuddin found the net in the 61st and 62nd minutes respectively. Khalid, who is trying to regain his place in the national team, sealed the win with his second goal in the 70th...

THE Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) technical committee meets tomorrow to decide on vital matters regarding the state of football in Malaysia. Topping the agenda, the technical committee, which is chaired by FAM deputy president Datuk Redzuan Sheikh Ahmad, must identify a coach for the Under-23 squad. The grapevine has it that K. Rajagopal, who will be in charge of Malaysia's campaign in Laos, has been tipped for the post. But rumours have it that Rajagopal, presently the coach of the Under-19 squad better known as the Young Tigers, prefers to remain at his present position. The team presently head the Premier League...

THE grapevine has it that the FA of Malaysia is seeking out prospective candidates as it contemplates privatising the Malaysian Super League (MSL). The MSL, FAM has rather belatedly found, is draining its resources and it feels its attention should be on the national teams. Whether it can get anybody to bid is another thing altogether, considering the quality of the MSL. B. Sathianathan lost his job as national coach when he slammed the MSL as "not football" and just days later, Terengganu's Ken Worden described his players as "schoolboys." Most players, after six match days, are still  struggling with their...