FAM-MSN Project team should be backed by affiliates

Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican (centre) launching the special project by the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM).

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Football League’s (MFL) chief executive officer (CEO) Datuk Ab Ghani Hassan has urged affiliates to be open against the decision to allow the FAM-MSN Project squad to play in the Premier League next season.

Ghani said affiliates would be briefed on this decision during the MFL congress on Dec 16. The Under-20 squad will be led by Yusri Che Lah.

“We will also discuss the regulations, relegation and promotion status for the project squad’s participation. They might not be part of the FA and Malaysia Cup, ” said Ghani.

“This is a special project by the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) and the Youth and Sports ministry. It should be backed, and I do not see anyone going against it. We want to create the next generation of footballers and it should be lauded.”

FAM deputy president Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal asserted that the move was made for national interest.

“This move of introducing this team is similar to the Harimau Muda project in the past, which bore fruit when we won the 2009 and 2011 SEA Games gold medal, ” said Subahan, who is the technical and youth development committee chairman.

“We aim to bring these young talents together. Those who are not able to get clubs after they graduate from the National Football Development Programme (NFDP) will be given the best food, facility and education through the National Sports Council (NSC) and the National Sports Institute (NSI).”

From January, 30 trainees selected from the Academy Mokhtar Dahari, Youth and President’s Cup players, sports schools and district training centres under NFDP, will form the pioneer squad.

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