PETALING JAYA: The Professional Footballers Association of Malaysia (PFAM) want to provide a higher profile and playing potential for women footballers in the country.
Chief executive officer Izham Ismail said the PFAM have accepted women players for almost three years and are looking at ways to build a sustainable future for women footballers.
The lack of competition for the fairer sex is one setback. In Malaysia, the women play in the Tun Sharifah Rodziah Cup, which is the only tournament for them. This year’s edition was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Reaching your potential as a women footballer in Malaysia is a struggle – the national championship lasts barely three weeks,” said Izham.
“After that, the players will not play in competitive games for 11 months. They would be in between jobs and doing some other things and playing some friendlies.
“It is very unstable for their career.
“Three years ago, women footballers were accepted as members. It is a big step towards developing women’s football, especially in getting them represented.
“The interest and commercial opportunities are there, especially in Malaysia.”
He said PFAM are doing their bit to ensure that women footballers in the country are popularly represented and to help them understand their rights as players.
“We’re working towards a sustainable path for women players to benefit from improved standards, allowing them to reach their full potential and play at a competitive level for their club or national teams.”
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