Professional futsal player Steffi Sarge Kaur hopes to inspire more young girls to pick up futsal or football. She also says parents play a crucial role in encouraging their children to play sports.
Meeting this week will kickstart series of discussions about future of National Football Development Programme (NFDP). Should the government continue babysitting the programme with taxpayers’ money? Also, it’s been three years and there is still no sight of the 2017 KL SEA Games accounts.
Still reeling from its disastrous deal with media agency MP & Silva, Malaysian football has been dealt another blow as Malaysian Football League sues iflix.
State governments cannot be allowed to sponsor state football clubs, using taxpayers’ money, without any form of accountability or clear commercial expectations.
Englishman Steve Darby, who coached several teams in Malaysia, says most footballers are often broke and lack financial literacy as they splash on weddings and fancy cars due to cultural and peer pressure.
The government has allowed football training to resume but stakeholders, including those in the Youth and Sports Ministry, wonder if enthusiasts will go out and play or remain cautious over Covid-19.
Social stigma and anxiety are the biggest contributing factors to the serious lack of female participation in football – something the taxpayers’ funded National Football Development Programme (NFDP) can help address.
Former international Khalid Jamlus has fallen on hard times. He, however, is not looking for sympathy but for a chance to coach.
Ex-international and national coach Datuk K. Rajagobal stresses it is the role of state FAs, with assistance from FA of Malaysia, to unearth talents instead of taking the easy way out by using naturalised footballers.
Twentytwo13 executive editor Graig Nunis hasn’t stopped smiling since Liverpool was crowned English Premier League champion on Friday morning but feels a bit sad his home state’s football team doesn’t bring him any joy.
Millions of taxpayers’ ringgit were channeled into the National Football Development Programme (NFDP) which focused entirely on technical development and did little for talent placements.
Described as a political stunt to validate certain agendas, it is hoped footballer Luqman Hakim Shamsuddin’s fairytale journey to Europe will see a happily ever after ending.
Noble as it may seem, acts of prematurely gifting youngsters who work hard towards achieving their goals will only spoil them as it is better to encourage and teach them that living the dream is not impossible, writes Perth-based Ghaz Ramli.