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Malay government foiled Harimau Malaya plan forces FAM back to drawing board

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The latest movement control order put a wrench in the work for Tan Cheng Hoe and FAM as the training camp is canceled.

More than a year has passed for Tan Cheng Hoe without being able to assemble his Malaysian senior national team for a game or even a training session, and now the wait continues for the man in charge of Harimau Malaya after the Malaysian government announced on Monday the return of the Movement Control Order (MCO).

The latest restriction is understandable as it comes after a continued rise in Covid-19 cases in the country, but nonetheless forced Cheng Hoe to abandon his plan to call his players for a training camp which was to be held on the 16th. January to January 16. 25 in preparation for the resumption of World Cup qualifying matches in March.

Speaking at the press conference after the 12th Malaysian Football Association (FAM) Executive Committee meeting for the period 2017-2021, FAM Secretary General Stuart Ramalingam disclosed that following the announces that the national team’s plans to meet later this week have now been canceled.

While the build-up squad consisted entirely of players who weren’t supposed to be the top picks for Cheng Hoe, it was an exercise Kedah’s former head coach was looking forward to after not being able to work with. its players for an extended period. of time.

Fears at the moment will be that Malaysia could be kicked out of qualifying if the pandemic situation does not improve in the coming months and ultimately results in the team not being able to fly to face the Emirates. Arab Emirates in March or welcome. Vietnam the same month.

However, FAM President Dato Hamidin Mohd Amin allayed those fears and explained that his organization was in constant talks with the Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS) as well as with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC ) on the best way to approach these matches and the alternatives that exist. place.

“We talked with Dato” Windsor about what will happen if we can’t play in March. FIFA and AFC will look into the matter and it could go in June, in a carnival style where this is the last date it is due to be played. Any country that cannot go there will be forfeited from its participation, ”Hamidin said at the press conference.

“Still for now, we have to prepare for March, but we are ready with the options. We have already sent letters to the Security Council through our Minister of Sports so that when we travel in March we can adopt a special quarantine that will allow us to play two games at home and away in a short period of time. time. We have a verbal agreement but the situation can always change. “