PETALING JAYA: Malaysian Football Coaches Association (MFCA) president B. Sathianathan has urged players who had their bans for match fixing lifted to redeem themselves.
Former national coach Sathianathan encouraged them to be inspired by Italian legend Paulo Rossi, who turned around his playing career after returning from a two-year ban for his involvment in a betting scandal in 1980.
Rossi came back and led Italy to the 1982 World Cup title, scoring six goals. He won the Golden Boot as the top goal scorer and the Golden Ball for the Player of the Tournament.
“If Rossi can do it ... so can they,” said Sathianathan.
“They might not be able to continue their playing careers because of age factor. But they can still turn to coaching. There are openings at grassroots and youth levels. We in MFCA welcome them with open arms ... but there is no short cut.
“They have to go through the mill just like everybody else, if they want to build a career in coaching. They have to take the coaching certificate and start working again. I believe they can still come back to the society and contribute something positive to the game.”