31st December, a newly announced public holiday just for an achievement of a football team. Do we deserved it?


This public holiday is to celebrate the achievement of the national football team, beating all odds & criticisms from the nation itself, bracing humiliation after the opening 5-1 thrashing from our greatest rival / neighbour Indonesia, stayed strong mentally playing against booing crowd. Noted that, all this pressure are carried by a bunch of young inexperience boys mainly an average of 21 years old. Standing on a pitch facing full seasonal international experienced footballers with full of booing background noises. I was standing with the crowd, and i felt well intimidated.


NO ONE, NO ONE believe the team from the start, but once we are crowned Champion, everyone noticed. Do you only support an organisation when they are on a winning streak? What about when the team are on a rock bottom when they need our support the most? This is purely disgrace to a person against their own national team.

I was lucky to experienced to the back room training process of a high funded Manchecter United club and a small football nation like our own Malaysia national team FAM. The different are well sky and land, fancy, full equipped, huge facilities of Manchester & old simple limited FAM. But the similarity of both football organisation share the same / most important attribute in football, "the passion of football".

Recently i have been working closely with the National youth football head coach, talking & traveling with him makes me open my eyes on the his commitment & passion he takes for his job. Grassroots are the fundamental of the stepping stone of every sports, his is the person to grow our future athletes.


Then to the main man (Coach K.Rajagobal) the head coach of our national football team, who i believe he is the person who makes a boy a man. Everytime i look at him, he resemble to the greatest architect of football Arsene Wenger coach of Arsenal football club. The persistence and believe in the future of Malaysia Football flow in his blood. Bitting bullets from all the criticisms on his build of the young and inexperienced team. His stayed with his tactics from the beginning, and now it has finally paid off. To all our surprise, Coach K.Rajagobal said this young team is a preparation of the success in 2 years time. And look at them now, beating all odds the success came early!


This is a fairy tale story, missing 10 regular international caps player from injury. The young players have to step up onto the center stage, learning as they played. The pressures are well high as they are caring the national flag, bracing through a hard learnt lesson on the 1st game thrashing by indonesia then working through game by game. You all have gained respects from me personally. I have never seen a bunch of brotherhood as strong as this. It is a fair tale story in the end, this is the moment will stayed in my heart forever.


Posted by: Average himself

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