PETALING JAYA: Westports Malaysia Dragons technical adviser Goh Cheng Huat feels that the Malaysian Basketball Association’s (MABA) one-team only policy is not good but he believes an amicable solution can be found.
MABA announced last week that national players would have to choose between playing for club or country, a decision that irked several of the cagers.
At least eight national players are plying their trade with the Dragons in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) and some seniors have hinted that they may quit the national team because of the ruling.
But Cheng Huat, who was the national coach during the SEA Games last year, believes that MABA have a point in making such a decision.
“It’s not the best decision in the world but MABA do have a point in wanting the players to focus solely on national duty in order to achieve glory,” said Cheng Huat.
“Personally, I believe that at club level, the players are involved in more matches on a consistent basis and they will improve faster.
“In the national team, the players are playing in tournaments of a lower level and such meets only last about a week to 10 days. At the end of the day, it is up to the players to make the decision but I firmly believe that they are patriotic enough and want to contribute to the national team.
“But I hope that MABA will not shut the door on players who chose the Dragons. They should be recalled for major tournaments like the SEA Games or the Asian Championships.”
The Dragons are currently second in the ongoing ABL with five wins and two defeats. They travel to the Philippines on Saturday to take on newcomers San Miguel Beermen.