Football: National Senior and U19 to set benchmark for return to training

The national senior Football team as well as their junior counterparts , the U19 team could well be used as the benchmark for a return to training for state and club teams.

Although the conditions in the current Conditional Movement Control Order does provide some leeway for not more then 10 persons having a kick about, it is not to be taken as a approval to resume training be it at national or state/club levels.

However a meeting this morning initiated by Youth and Sports Minister Dato Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican and officials from FAM/MFL gave an indication that trainings at national level could well start by mid of June subject to SOP approval by MOH and MKN.

DS Reezal met the Football Association of Malaysia as well as Malaysia Football League President Dato Hanidin Anin, Secretary General Stuart Ramalingam and MFL CEO Dato Ghani Hassan this morning to discuss football return.

“ The discussion around the matters concerning Football, especially the M- League pose MMCO.” said Dato Seri Reezal.

“ We looked firstly at the manner in which we could approach the National Security Council to perhaps allow leeway towards letting the national teams to start training with an agreed Standard Operating Procedure.

“ However it has to be based in a quarantine based approach similar to what we proposed for the Road To Tokyo Program.

“ I have requested FAM to submit their proposal for the national teams and will table it ti the NSC after it meets the requirement of the Ministry of Health.

“ Once the SOP is agreed and approval granted, it will be out to treat with the national teams.

“ Based in the current MCMO regulation contact is not allowed so FAM need to be innovative and I also requested for an animation video clip so that it could lead to a better buy in from the members of the National Security Council.”

The national team is preparing for the World Cup as well as Asia Cup Qualifiers with three matches scheduled for October and November while the National U19 team for the AFC U19 Tournament commencing October 14.

A training stint with most players inactive following the suspension of the M-League since March 18 with allow coaches Tan Cheng Hoe and Brad Maloney an opportunity to asses the kids physical conditioning of their players.

DA Reezal said that the return to Football must be dine gradually and not rushed so as to take into account the sentiments of the public.

“ Ww are not just looking at Football alone but several other sports that have written in ti request training to resume,” added the Minister.