Football Association Malaysia (FAM) had agreed with the idea from Sports Minister Ahmad Shabery Cheek for a full time national team.. this was due to the achievement of the football team who gained the top podium in Laos and ended the 20 years gold medal drought..
from my opinion, i think it is an unnecessary approach to form a full time national team because there are lot of obstacles the FAM and Malaysian Sports Council to deal to ensure that success is underway in the future..
first, you can look at other national team in the world doesn't create such a format because they all think that the league itself can benefit and develop the player. Shabery said that African team are progress well because many of players plays other league most in France and England. It because that most of the African players have the physical to compete in the top league and got the skills and will to learn outside from their comfort zone. what about players in Malaysia? can they do the same thing?
second, it involves lot of money because when they travel abroad it means using lots of cost and they only can depends on the friendly itself. so can you imagine if there's no enough friendly match? what will happen? just training and training and training.. they will become unproductive.
third, we can look at the examples from our neighbor Indonesia, they had their training stint and matches for six months in Uruguay and yet they failed to even make it into the semi finals of the sea games. what a waste for that one. compared to us we just developed under the Malaysian league and yet we triumph in Vientiane.
fourth, if the team are away the bunch of players will take things for granted as they considered their place in the team are safe. and how about when there are injuries? do FAM have to call in another player who is playing in the M league? the Malaysian league is the platform to see and identify players who got the talent to be absorb in the squad. at least the players are guaranteed 40 matches in the season.
there are other ways in helping the national team but this is not the solution.. but this one is not the answer.. remember before the team gain gold they were playing in our own league.. so there must be some faith that our league also can generate the productivity and the continuity of the national squad. upon from that, this is a bold proposal from Shabery but for me there are always other alternatives such as conducting friendly match with the south east Asia team, there is also Merdeka Cup tournament, inviting the team like Manchester united also was a good move and they can also play away..
think deeply before it been done.. for the sake of our country...