KLFA footballer Subramaniam misses cheers and boos

Playing in an empty stadium is not the best experience ever, says footballer S. Subamaniam.

“I feel bored. You used to hear both sides screaming but not now. I miss the boos and cheers,” said the Kuala Lumpur FA player.

“We need the supporters to boost our performance.”

Fans have been barred from the stands due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, that seems to be the only ‘complaint’ Subramaniam has as he is eager to help the city side dribble their way into the Super League next season.

KLFA is second in the Premier League with 17 points from eight matches – three points shy of leaders Penang FA which has also played eight matches.

Penang edged KLFA 2-1 in their encounter over the weekend.

“I really hope KLFA will be back in the Super League,” added the former international who joined the city side this season.

Subramaniam was on the talk show The RSS with HD over the weekend.

He pointed out it was crucial for the guardians of football – the FA of Malaysia and state FAs – to compile statistics of players.

“It should be done. Such data is good for the players and the teams as it would also be used to improve the players or teams’ performances.”

Subramaniam was also asked about the role that should be played by FAM’s technical director.

Datuk Ong Kim Swee is said to replace Peter De Roo as technical director as the latter’s contract expires in December. An official announcement will be made soon.

Asked what he would do if offered the position, Subramaniam said: “I will send our coaches to Japan and South Korea to embrace new coaching methodologies.”

“Football is changing and evolving quickly. We need to inject new ways and be at par with the other footballing nations,” he added.

‘PERFECT TEAMS’ TO SQUARE OFF IN EPL

Five teams that have won their opening two matches in the English Premier League and Manchester City, which won its one and only game thus far, will clash with each other over the next few days.

Everton and Crystal Palace (tomorrow, 10pm), unlikely front runners, start the battle of the ‘unbeaten teams’.

The Toffees briefly topped the table last weekend – the first time the Merseyside club has reached such lofty heights since 2007.

New signing James Rodriguez has proven to be an astute signing by Carlo Ancelotti as the Colombian has been instrumental in Everton’s two victories.

He could be the match-winner against the Eagles tomorrow.

League leader Leicester then takes on Manchester City on Sunday (11.30pm) with Jamie Vardy, last season’s top scorer, wanting to get back into the goals.

He scored twice against West Brom two weeks ago to take his tally to 105 goals in 212 games but failed to find the net in last week’s thrashing of Burnley.

The final match between ‘perfect’ sides is Liverpool hosting Arsenal (Tuesday, 3am).

This would be the first of two meetings between the clubs in a matter of days as they are drawn against each other in the League Cup.

The League Cup encounter is also at Anfield and is likely to be played at 3am, Oct 2 (Malaysia time).

Fixtures (Malaysian time)

SATURDAY
Brighton vs Manchester United (7.30pm)
Crystal Palace vs Everton (10pm)

SUNDAY
West Brom vs Chelsea (12.30am)
Burnley vs Southampton (3am)
Sheffield United vs Leeds (7pm)
Tottenham vs Newcastle (9pm)
Manchester City vs Leicester (11.30pm)

MONDAY
West Ham vs Wolves (2am)

TUESDAY
Fulham vs Aston Villa (12.45am)
Liverpool vs Arsenal (3am)