PETALING JAYA: All over the world, football is feeling the pinch. TV revenues are down, salaries are skyrocketing and the fans are turning away. The cash crisis has hit football.
Malaysia is not to be spared. Already, the signs are showing. Club side NS Chempaka clawed their way to the Premier I and just when they were on the threshold of history, had the rug pulled from under them. With no sponsors to fork out the RM2million-odd needed to run a team in Premier, they have pulled out of the M-League.