Johor Darul Ta’zim owner Tunku Ismail Ibrahim (TMJ) said that Penang star Faiz Subri’s FIFA Puskas award will only cover up the mess Malaysian football is currently in, and won’t help to change it.
Faiz received the award in Geneva on Monday thanks to his stunning swerving free-kick goal for Penang in their win against Pahang in the Malaysia Super League game last February.
TMJ lavished praise on Faiz for claiming the award , but with a caveat
“On behalf of JDT, I would like to extend our congratulations to Faiz Subri for winning the Puskas Award,” he said via JDT’s Facebook page. “I was the first to sincerely give a contribution as Royal Patron of Professional Footballers Association Malaysia, and congratulate him.
“This is a good achievement, but we must ask, where does the national football stand in terms of corruption, international standing, and team management in comparisons to team like Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines or Indonesia that are on a constant or rapid incline.”
Malaysia struggled at the international level last year and it was capped by a poor showing at the AFF Suzuki Cup in November, where they failed to make it past the group stage after losing two of their three games.
The early exit, combined with the Tigers’ drop to 161 on the FIFA rankings, has lead to calls for the head of coach Ong Kim Swee.