PETALING JAYA: After more than three months of empty stadiums and silent playing fields, the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) is looking to lift the morale of the football industry in the country.
The M-League and all footballing activities came to a halt on March 16 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and footballers in the country have been kept guessing as to when they can take to the field again – although the Malaysian Football League (MFL) has proposed to the government for the M-League to resume on Sept 1.
In a Hari Raya Aidilfitri message, the FAM asked players and football fans to keep their spirits high and continue with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) to break the chain of Covid-19 infections.
The one-minute, 35-second video features personalities like FAM president Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin, Asian Football Confederation secretary-general Datuk Windsor Paul John, and even FIFA president Gianni Infantino.
The video also features national coach Tan Cheng Hoe, top football and futsal players as well as FAM officials wishing Selamat Hari Raya to Malaysians, and all thanking frontliners.
"Break the chain of infection but harness the power of connection. Everyone keeps fighting, discipline yourselves. Together in unity, we can do this; let’s cope with the new normal," said Infantino.
Hamidin and national team skipper Mohd Aidil Zafuan Abdul Razak said: "Battling a hidden enemy needs strategies – adhere to social distancing, avoid congregation, and maintain personal hygiene."
"Let's make football the bridge and the space to release emotions. Let's be united in celebration and adapt to the new world. We can do it," said Cheng Hoe.
Other footballers featured in the video are Shukor Adan, Safee Sali, Mohamadou Sumareh, Brendan Gan, Syafiq Ahmad, Nik Akif Syahiran, Hadi Fayyadh, Safawi Rasid, Intan Serah, Haziq Nadzli and women's futsal player Intan Serah.
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