Those who played for Harimau Malaya that was devoid of Johor Darul Ta’zim representation in the AFF Cup stepped up in time of crisis and won the hearts of fans. JDT players can no longer take their positions lightly, writes Muhamad Yunus Zakariah.
The justification by Akhyar Rashid and his club mates to skip national duty seemed reasonable, as footballers have to protect their physical and mental wellbeing, more so as the Asean Football Federation Cup falls outside FIFA’s calendar, writes Muhamad Yunus Zakariah.
Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s Pakatan Harapan did not get a simple majority but the coalition obtained the most number of seats in GE15, resulting in him being named prime minister. The same should have happened in Perak, writes Muhammad Yunus Zakariah.
In the wake of Qi Group’s decision to put Petaling Jaya City Football Club (PJ City FC) up for sale, Muhammad Yunus Zakariah wonders how much should the club’s price tag be, and how is the value derived.
Malaysian voters should examine their political bearings, because despite all the talk of a new political landscape, many continue to wander around, reading old maps and voting in those who seem to leave them feeling dazed and lost, writes Muhammad Yunus Zakariah.
Muhammad Yunus Zakariah has had his fair share of jeers from football fans. He writes about negative comments hurled toward fans in the aftermath of the tragedy in Indonesia, stressing that the actions of a handful do not represent the true character of most football fans.
The Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal confrontation has taken both men, as well as tennis, to new heights of greatness. More importantly, it has also demonstrated that a rivalry can be fierce without being bitter and intense, and without becoming morally suspect, writes Muhammad Yunus Zakariah.
Productive disagreement which spurs creativity, discovery, and new thinking, are no longer celebrated. Muhammad Yunus Zakariah says deliberative arguments can propel a debate towards forming an optimum and consensual solution that focuses on relationships and solidarity.
Politicians are often advised that they are much better off organising events or programmes to tick the box. However, Twentytwo13 columnist Muhammad Yunus Zakariah stresses that it’s well thought-out policies that give sports and the industry hope.
It doesn’t matter what time a match is played, as true football fans will continue to flock the stands and enjoy the post-match lepak sessions, writes Muhammad Yunus Zakariah.
Rather than wait for UiTM FC to fall into financial ruin, and hope for the Higher Education Ministry or the university to bail it out, management should come up with an investment prospectus that is capable of encouraging the rich to become richer through the acquisition of its club, writes Muhammad Yunus Zakariah.
Football clubs in Malaysia, generally, are not bothered to invest in sponsorship work. Most clubs feel they are “big” enough, to the point that someone will, one day, walk through their gates and acquire them, writes Muhammad Yunus Zakariah.
The unhealthy obsession of harping on the past, especially by former athletes and officials, is diverting the focus of the present generation away from real innovation and change, writes Muhammad Yunus Zakariah.