PETALING JAYA: Brazilian Jorvan Vieira is surprised that none of the state teams and clubs have engaged fitness trainers to improve the quality of their players for the M-League.
“If the fitness level is low, the result of their players' performance will be poor. You can't expect a player to perform at a high level when he is not prepared for it,” said Vieira, who stressed on the importance for teams to engage qualified fitness trainers.
He said that in Brazil every club had a professional fitness trainer and he was surprised that in Malaysia even the national teams did not have one.
“It is a big mistake to overlook the need for a fitness trainer,” said Vieira, who is also a qualified fitness trainer with more than 24 years of coaching experience.
Vieira, who is the FA of Malaysia's (FAM) youth technical director, conducted a three-day course for local coaches in the M-League at the Wisma FAM in Kelana Jaya. The course ended on Tuesday.
For the record, Alexander Bozenko was the last qualified fitness trainer hired by the FAM to prepare the team for the 1997 Youth World Cup and the 2000 Olympics qualifying tournament. Then the coach of the team was Tunisian Hatem Souissi.
Kedah coach Jorgen E. Larsen also had a fitness trainer to help him when he was with the Pahang team.
Vieira said that except for Pahang's new coach from Brazil Ralf Ferreira, who worked under him in the FAM youth department last year, the rest were basically coaches with A-licence and they were qualified to take charge of the teams' overall performance.
“From my observations of the teams' performances in the M-league last season, it is clear that the fitness level of the players was not up to the mark.
“Conducting the Coopers Test before the season is not good enough. There is more to it,” said Vieira, who hoped that the management of the M-League teams would look into the matter seriously.
He said that there were many teams who had players who struggled to last the full duration of a game and the poor fitness level was reflected in them conceding late goals.
Besides Vieira, the FAM have also hired three other Brazilians, who are all qualified fitness trainers, to work with the youth teams.
They are Joao Paulo Nizzo, Luiz Anotonio Nizzo and Silvio Sergio Macahada, who will be assisting in the youth department, taking charge of the national age-group teams, Bukit Jalil Sports School and Academies.