PETALING JAYA: The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) are happy to have their sport up and running again, although the players will have to get their kicks without any physical contact.
The governing body can finally hit the drawing board to restart footballing activities in the country.
All football activities came to an abrupt halt following the postponement of the 2020 M-League on March 16, two days before the first phase of the movement control order (MCO) on March 18.
The government have announced that they would allow football training activities – both professional and social – to resume under the guidelines stipulated by the National Security Council’s (NSC) standard operation procedures (SOP) from June 15.
FAM secretary–general Stuart Ramalingam said the national body appreciated the government’s green light and thanked them for their support.
“This is indeed great news for all in the football fraternity... FAM are all primed with the SOP that details training guidelines for the national team and we will conduct an internal discussion to coordinate the next steps for centralised training, ” said Stuart in a statement yesterday.
“The discussion will centre on national team coach Tan Cheng Hoe’s preparations ahead of the 2022 World Cup-2023 Asian Cup Qualifiers in October and November as well as Brad Maloney’s Under-19 team training camp ahead of the AFC Under-19 Championship in Uzbekistan in October.
“It will be followed by the SOP for the quarantine-based approach for the centralised camp, which will soon will be sent to the Youth and Sports Ministry.”
Stuart hoped the football fraternity would be able to maintain discipline and abide by all the SOPs so the leniency provided by the government is not abused.
“The Malaysian Football League (MFL) will announce the training SOPs for teams in the M-League and will be in touch with the clubs to provide an in-depth guideline to comply with the SOP, ” he said.
“FAM will regulate back-to-training SOPs for football academies, especially those involved with grassroots development. The SOPs will be aligned with the current NSC guidelines and will be disseminated to the teams as soon as possible.
“FAM will also recommend guidelines for social and recreational football activities as a measure to prevent a spike in Covid-19 cases.”
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