KUALA LUMPUR – The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) will introduce a under-19 Youth League from next year in a bid to improve the quality of football in the country.
As such, FAM president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah said state football associations should view the league seriously to produce young national players.
“The league will be introduced at national level… it is an early warning to all state associations and I hope money issue will not be used as an excuse…find the money, put in some effort.
“This is a form of investment for football,” he told reporters here, Saturday.
Meanwhile Harimau Muda A coach Datuk Ong Kim Swee said FAM had taken the right move in introducing the Youth League as those young players would determine the future of the sport in the country.
“This is a very positive move by FAM and, after this, state football associations should take the initiatives to organise under-19 and under-16 years championships,” he added. – Bernama