While Ola Bola is truly a Malaysian movie, it brings us to the sad realization that Malaysian Football has only gone downwards from the days of Ahmad Ali and co. The National team only has 2 wins to show from their last 9 outings including a 6-0 drubbing at the hands of Palestine and a whopping 10-0 defeat at the hands of UAE.
Over the past 23 years the team’s ranking has dropped from an all time high of 79 to an all time low of 171. That is below countries such as Timor-Leste and Samoa. What lead to the downfall of one of the greatest teams in Asia?
Could this be because people with better connections and networks outrank people with competency and skill at the top of the FAM hierarchy? This surely wasn’t the case during the days of the team featured in Ola Bola. One solution for this would be to improve the grassroots system we use to look for the next generation of players and potential world beaters.
Malaysia is a football country, it is practically in our blood and upbringing. We crowd “mamaks” to watch the EPL every weekend. We scream at the top of our lungs at television sets at restaurants and fast food outlets when our teams score. We play football at every chance we get. Surely our national team should do better than those which consist of players who already have day jobs and play football part- time. It would help if the coaching issues were resolved quicker .
What do you think the solutions are? Is it at the grassroots level or is it politics. Do you feel that we just dont have good enough players or are the good ones being overlooked? Or maybe Its just a managerial problem. Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.