FAM mulls sending Young Tigers A to Australia

New Straits Times

nstYoung Tigers A could compete in the Queensland League in Australia while a professional futsal league will be introduced in Malaysia in 2015 or 2016 following the men’s disastrous performance in the Sea Games.

FA of Malaysia (FAM) general-secretary Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin said the Australia FA has sanctioned Tigers A’s participation in the 14-team Queensland league, which starts in March.

“We are in the final stages of planning for the Queensland League and, hopefully, we can get the funding. The team will gain from the seven-month long league,” said Hamidin in Naypyitaw yesterday.

“The Brazil FA has also invited us for the Sao Paulo state league but it is unlikely a team will be sent there.

“Tigers A will play in Queensland while Tigers B and C are due to play in the S-League and FAM League (respectively) next year.”

Hamidin lambasted the men’s futsal team for failing to deliver a medal in the Sea Games despite receiving funding for international competitions and training stints throughout the season.

“We will have a post-mortem soon as the team were sent to so many tournaments but still failed to achieve their target of reaching the final,” he said.

Hamidin disclosed that the national body will likely introduce a professional futsal league in 2015 or 2016.

“It will help to raise the standard of the game in Malaysia. More youngsters are playing futsal compared to football and we need to tap players with talent in the right way,” Hamidin added.

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