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There is no M'sia in M'sian football: Peter
Published on: Friday, November 17, 2017

PETALING JAYA: A veteran football administrator says Malaysian football is going downhill because it's no longer a "Malaysian game" played by the country's different races, in the wake of the national team's failure to qualify for the 2019 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup.

Peter Velappan, who served as AFC secretary-general for nearly three decades, said Malaysia had the potential to be the number one footballing country in Asia, owing to its racial and cultural diversity, reported FMT.

"We have the talent. We proved this in qualifying for the 1972 and 1980 Olympics. Since then, our whole system of development, coaching and team leadership has gone downhill, so we can't produce top class talent."

Velappan said a key reason why Malaysia had not been able to produce talent equal to the "golden generation" of the 70s and 80s, was the lack of diversity.

"In my time, any state team, you would have had Malays, Chinese, and Indians.

But today, where are the Chinese and the Indians?"

So, he said, state leadership and coaching systems needed to be revamped, in an effort to bring all Malaysians back into the fold.

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