The Covid-19 pandemic has conditioned people in football to rethink and modify their spending patterns. The European Super League, on the other hand, would have had them overlook this.
The only real ‘solution’ in trying to overcome Johor Darul Ta’zim is to play every match against them with fingers crossed.
Just because football clubs in Malaysia are mostly run by a group of daft administrators, it does not mean that women’s football should continue to be out of the equation.
The lack of governance and transparency in state government funding for football clubs are somewhat an endorsement that reinforces the malpractices and financial transgression of the teams, writes Muhammad Yunus Zakariah.
The joy of winning a gold medal is intoxicating. But strangely, the euphoria does not do anything to cure the gaping economic wound of the people or boost their financial wellness.
Football desperately needs a platform where policies and ideas can be tested – a debate-like platform where civil engagements take place, and where members of the community participate in the design of the policies that affect them.
Kemaman-based Muhammad Yunus Zakariah often wonders why many Malaysians glorify the English Premier League as he finds happiness with and feels connected to Real Chukai FC and Kerteh FC.
Sports-related working group discussions at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) will enable sports officials to share challenges and best practices so that we can all learn from the experiences and expertise of one another.
The arrival of the monsoon in Terengganu always magically shows the sterner stuff the people and those in charge in the state are made of.
Groomed as an elite youth squad at the programme, are the young boys of the newly set up FAM-NSC Project Squad truly prepared for the high competitive nature of the Malaysian Premier League? Or will their spirit crumble and end their football career?
A more aggressive tax plan which facilitates private investment and boosts individual consumption in sports would be an impetus for the government to ease its move towards recognising sports as an industry.
With the current economic decline, state governments should rethink their sports sponsorship strategy – changing it from a purely spending exercise into a profit-making operation.
Selangor FA claims to be Johor Darul Ta’zim’s (JDT) rival but in reality the Klang Valley outfit is a far cry from its nickname the Red Giants, writes Muhammad Yunus Zakariah.