PUTRAJAYA – Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the time has come for the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) to disband the Harimau Muda system.
Khairy said the state football associations should be given the responsibility to groom potential players and develop football in the respective states.
Khairy who had once held the post of FAM deputy president said the Harimau Muda system was not relevant anymore and should be terminated because it was not planned for the long term.
“When I started introducing the Harimau Muda system during my tenure as FAM deputy president, my aim was to develop the junior set up but it was not a long term plan.
“The ideal system will be to send young players back to their states to be groomed and allow the state teams to take responsibility. The M-League is improving and getting better.
“More and more private companies are coming forward to sponsor the state teams. Though some might not agree, the quality of players has started to improve,” he told reporters here yesterday at the launch of the Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) 2015 route. – Bernama