Friday, 9 December 2011

FAM proposal to change Super League format get mixed reactions

The Football  Association of Malaysia's (FAM) Competition Committee must not be hasty when deciding to change the Super League competition format.

Former FAM vice president Datuk Seri Raja Ahmad Zainuddin Raja Omar said though the move to reduce the number of teams in the Super League can strengthen the league, a holistic study is needed.

"My advise is that the committee must look at the financial status of each team competing in the Super League because there are still teams facing financial difficulties," he told Bernama when contacted here today.

He said based on reports in local dailies, the FAM secretary-general had hinted that next year the Super League may undergo a slight change because the number of teams may be reduced from the current 14.

Following the report, there has been mixed reaction from coaches with some welcoming the prospect while others were not favourable towards such a proposal.

He said though reducing the number of teams in the Super League can strengthen the sport, consideration must also be given to what would happen if some teams were not able to sustain their financial capability.

Raja Ahmad said leagues in England and Spain - the English Premier League and Primera Liga - respectively have 20 teams playing in their top league but the quality is far ahead of us.

"The committee must carefully study the proposal and at the same time study the implementation of leagues in countries like Japan and South Korea," he said.

The FAM must now focus on the new season that is due to start soon rather than talking of changes to uplift the standard of football.

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