PUTRAJAYA – The nation’s football ranking will go to a better level when the young players development programme bears fruit, said Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.
He said the national ranking could not possibly be improved drastically in the next five and 10 years because the potential of the present players were still at the same level.
Malaysia’s ranking dropping six rungs to 168th place, according to FIFA latest rankings yesterday, compared to June, was not something shocking as the national squad had not registered any big wins, he said.
“We have to wait for a younger product such as Harimau Muda and the National Football Development Programme team. So, I urge supporters to be patient for several years for our present crop of players to retire to be replaced by new players,” he said.
He said this when asked to comment on the position of Malaysia in the latest ranking issued by FIFA, after launching the Youth Trailblazers Challenge, here, yesterday.
Among Asian nations, Malaysia is currently in the same group as Bangladesh which is ranked 169th, Yemen (171), Pakistan (172), Laos (177), Cambodia (181) and Brunei (184).
The new position of the squad handled by Dollah Salleh was following the big 0-6 loss to Palestine and 1-1 draw with Timor Leste at the 2018 Russian World Cup qualifier. – BERNAMA