Malaysia League: Shame having such teams playing |
July 25, 2005
Malay Mail, Malaysia
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There is a huge gap in standard among teams as evident by the 18-0 bashing Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) got from Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) at Pantai Stadium on Sunday.
The defeat could have been heavier if not for some superb saves by RMAF goalkeeper in the first 20 minutes.
RMAF, who also lost 8-1 to Royal Malay Regiment (RMR) in their opening match, do not deserve to play in this premier tournament.
They are mocking the league which was introduced in 1987.
RMAF, with all due respects, may not even survive in the Kuala Lumpur HA?s Division Three.
Dolphins, actually the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) undercover, should not be involved either although they seemed to have improved as compared to last season.
It is time to introduce two divisions starting next season, to prevent an embarrassing score-line.
Division One, for starters, can comprise the top six teams with the matches being played on an home-and-away basis.
The contest among these teams will be interesting to draw more fans to the stadium.
Imagine TNB, Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN), Ernst & Young, Sapura, Maybank and Royal Malay Regiment (RMR) fighting for honours .
What more if the prize money is increased as well.
The rest of the teams can play in Division Two.
More teams are expected to be involved in this division as they will have a fighting chance to win.
The number of teams in Division One may be increased from six to eight for the 2007 seasons. The top two teams from Division Two will earn promotion to Division One.
Meanwhile, BSN stole the limelight last week where they managed to get six points from the first two matches.
They beat Telekom Malaysia 4-3 last Friday and then stunned favourites Sapura 3-2 two days later.
The interesting factor is that BSN are a young side with an average age of 20.
It was a delight to watch players Sukri Mutalib, Shahrun Nabil Abdullah and newcomer Muhd Razie Rahim in action.
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