Harimau Malaya should not have to oppose with club status

Harimau Malaya which currently in Japan for a club friendlies, continuing to show action after being humiliated 0-5 by second-bottom team J-League Division One, Shonan Bellmare in second match last Saturday. Earlier, they lost 0-2 to Shimizu S-Pulse in the first action last Thursday.

Former Secretary-General of the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) president, Datuk Seri Dr Ibrahim Saad urged the national football governing department to reduce the involment of Harimau Malaya in a friendly match against club status.

He said that the game does not means anything such a coach of Datuk K.Rajagobal's team even it could affect their dignity and lost to less reputable clubs mainly from the second division and so on.

"When I became a Secretary-General ago, FAM has issued a guideline that prohibits the national coach to hold friendly matches with club teams except on invitation ticket match by the club.

"Friendly match against club does not give any points for the country. I was surprised at how FAM may provide such games lately," he said.

Ibrahim insisting FAM to increase friendly matches against other national teams, which should help to boost our football ranking which now at position of 159th of FIFA.

"FIFA have set there are a few months to hold  a friendly match between other official channels to their member countries to increase their ranking.

The friendly match organized to oppose other countries at their home will no cost to much. Instead as a hosts have to bear the big cost of the arrival of visitors.

About the team ranking of Harimau Malaya, Ibrahim said FAM as the main governing body of football in the country need to find immediate solutions to ensure Harimau Malaya rankings are not impaired.

"Probably the best 10 teams in the world refused to play with us, but FAM must devise strategies to organize matches with the teams ranked 100th on in the world.

"If we win over the country which better position than us, than they will increase the ranking, " said Ibrahim.

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