Malaysian football is in a dire way. The 10-0 shellacking from the United Arab Emirates last month in World Cup qualifying was a record defeat. That came off the back of a disappointing group stage exit at the SEA Games and the outcry over the “circus games” the national team played against Liverpool and Tottenham which the Ultras demanded fans boycott. Fan frustration boiled over in the World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia. The most prevalent conversation with friends and journalists of late has been ‘what is going wrong with Malaysian football?’ Many theories are offered but with nothing is ever definitive. Last week I was able to speak with Tunku Ismail ibni Sultan Ibrahim, the president of double defending champions Johor Darul Ta’zim. Despite the problems in Malaysia, JDT have been flying the flag in continental competition and are through to the the final of the AFC Cup — thanks in part to the Kuwaiti clubs being kicked out. Tunku Ismail was his usual outspoken self in our 40 minute chat, blaming the Football Association of Malaysia for the issues and describing an organisation unwilling to make the necessary changes. Unfortunately nobody at the FAM would respond to his comments, partly because of their statutes which only allow a certain few members to speak on behalf of the body. Have a read below of the article published on the Reuters wire today and let me know what you think. Is the Crown Prince right?


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