Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Ditch Harimau Muda: KJ

SHAH ALAM: Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin hopes that the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) will consider doing away with the Harimau Muda project when the M-League is strong enough in the future.

Khairy feels that the idea of forming the national youth team under the centralised concept is just a temporary solution.
“The Harimau Muda project started when I was still the deputy president of FAM back then ... I was the one who came up with the idea,” he said.

“But the idea was not for the long-run because, at the end of the day, we still need to go back to the old formula ... the states and clubs.

“The centralising idea was because we did not want them to break up.
“But it’s up to FAM. My thought is when our league gets to the desirable level, perhaps we can get back to the old formula.”

Khairy was commenting on the possibility of some of the top teams trying to lure the Harimau Muda stars with lucrative offers to join them following their success in winning the Merdeka Tournament last week.

The Star

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