Khairy: FAM must address dismal performance by national football team

Khairy: FAM must address dismal performance by national football team

KUALA TERENGGANU: Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has told the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) to buck up or he will suspend it.

He said he did not want to take such drastic action but FAM kept failing, the lowest point being the national team’s 10-0 thrashing in a World Cup qualifying match.

There must be a complete overhaul of FAM and the president must take action against “those around him in the association”, he said.

“After the dismal and shameful performance by the national team, I have almost reached the conclusion that those in the FAM are not fit to be there,” he said.

 He wants the president to act on the matter, and said that if one had been given such a long time but repeatedly failed to change, then something must be done.

Responding to Khairy, FAM secretary-general Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin said to ban or penalise the national association for the failure of the national team was “not the best solution”.

“It is my opinion that there are other ways to address this issue,” he told The Star’sERIC SAMUEL.

“We admit that the performance of the national team is not up to the mark.

“But to ban the parent body is not the best solution and will not solve anything,” said Hamidin.

Khairy said that under the Sports Development Act 1997, the minister is empowered to take drastic steps, including suspension.

“I don’t want to resort to such drastic action because FAM would also be suspended from the international arena, which would lead to the national team not being able to play internationally.

“But if FAM continues to show that it has no vision or proper plans, and keeps on pretending like nothing has happened, coming up with recycled lame excuses, then I am left with no choice,” he said.

He added that suspension would also mean that the national team would not be able to compete in the 2017 SEA Games hosted by Malaysia.

– The Star Online