I know this sounds awkward, moreover I’ve just posted a Tazkirah, but I can’t help to see a news that I’ve just read.
I was browsing news getting updated when I saw news flash : “UPB-MyTeam mohon tarik diri Piala Malaysia akibat masalah kewangan“. Curiosity made me google more on the team that used to be talk of the town and I saw news stating Bojan Hodak quits UPB-MyTeam.
Suprised and shocked I am to see this team reported to be in financial mess, considering the person who’s heading the club is a very well known person – Khairy Jamaludin. He is the president of the club and by his image and status, I wonder how did this happen to his own club?
In the first years of the team set-up, it was told and shown from where the players came from. I supposed that the salary paid to these players are not that high as they are not as pro as other state players in Malaysian League. Within less than 5 years, this club in financial mess. What has happened?
Readers can read back my early postings on Malaysian football, and how I was suspicious and scpetical on his credibilty and his intentions towards developing Malaysian football. MyTeam was his effort and highlighted as his success. No doubt, MyTeam was a beacon of hope for Malaysian football to prosper once again. I guess, the highlight of MyTeam success that added to his sincerity and his passion towards Malaysian football and given the chance to win without any contest for Deputy President of FAM.
The rest is history. I do not want to repeat what I’ve written back then. None able to show and prove my arguments are wrong: that Malaysian rank was at the worst during his appointment as DP of FAM while the success of entering to the final of Merdeka Cup was credited to him. Some says that success all because of KJ and failure due to Sultan, Dato Soh Chin Aun and B Sathianathan.
Since there’s no international friendlies for senior squad since our last exit from AFF Suzuki Cup, I guess it is unfair to judge any of senior team’s activity, management and players.
With this latest news, I supposed that my previous concerns are getting more weighted. Who’s to blame this time? Jason Lo as the General Manager? Or Bojan Hodjak?
I know that other teams are facing such diffculties, but I supposed MyTeam as a baby project of Khairy should set an example to all local football teams. His Oxford knowledge and having said his passion for football should able to help MyTeam to stay out of problem, especially on the financial grounds. His wealth also being known, which I supposed that his ability to manage financial matters is excellent. Afterall, he is the Deputy President of FAM. I supposed that he should be able to learn one or two from other teams, be it avoiding the mistakes and learn whatever good for the team. Oh yeah, learn and act upon it. With both knowledge, financial reputation and access to other emore experienced managers, I should say that he has the advantages.
Since MyTeam web page is no longer updated (at this moment), I supposed we can read this for the club info.
In my earlier postings, one of the salient points is the intention of doing things, and for the article – intention on learning. Based on the same salient point, I have to ask Khairy’s sincere intention on Malaysian football. Remember he said this:
“Sebagai peminat bolasepak tanah air, saya cukup bangga melihat kedudukan terbaru pasukan kebangsaan Malaysia dalam ‘ranking’ sedunia Coca-Cola FIFA naik sembilan anak tangga ke tempat 151. Sewaktu saya dipilih sebagai Timbalan Presiden Persatuan Bolasepak Malaysia (FAM), kedudukan dunia pasukan kebangsaan di tangga 172.Menyedari hakikat ini, saya selaku orang yang dipertanggungjawab oleh KDYMM Tuanku Presiden FAM untuk menjaga pasukan kebangsaan menjadikan isu ‘ranking’ ini sebagai salah satu penunjuk aras pencapaian atau KPI utama dalam menilai status perkembangan bolasepak tanah air. Tidak keterlaluan jika saya katakan bahawa ‘ranking’ terkini pasukan kebangsaan menandakan sedikit sebanyak kemajuan kita, walaupun perjalanan FAM kearah kecemerlangan masih jauh lagi.”
Back then, I argued that he was appointed earlier than that when Malaysia was at a better position. When Malaysia rose in ranks, he claimed success. When Malaysia went into the finals, glory was his.
However, when Malaysia performed badly, none pointed at him. Unfortunately, at the exit of AFF Cup, Dato Soh and Coach B. Sathianathan got the boot.
For now, I’m sorry to say that I’m still unconvinced with his intention to prosper Malaysian football as he failed to take care his own team at local scene. Can someone care to explain what went wrong.
Question on the street: MyTeam – a success or a failure?