After heavy defeats in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, the Malaysian Football Federation has decided to stop the policy of naturalizing players for the national team.
HIGHLIGHT Vietnam 2-1 Malaysia | Qualifying World Cup 2022 (Source: Next Sports)
In recent years, the Malaysian national team has massively naturalized foreign players to increase their strength quickly. However, this policy did not work for the “Malay Tiger” when the achievements did not meet expectations.
In the second qualifying round of the 2022 World Cup in Asia, Malaysia Tel used 3 naturalized players, Mohamadou Sumareh, Guilherme De Paula and Liridon Krasniqi, besides calling many players of Malay origin who are playing in Malaysia. Europe like Dion Cools.
However, a 1-2 defeat against Vietnam and a 0-4 defeat against the UAE made Malaysia’s 2022 World Cup dream shattered. This also makes football makers in this country have to rethink, thereby coming to a decision to stop the player naturalization policy.
The President of the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) Datuk Hamidin Amin said: “Naturalization is a normal thing that FIFA allows. However, we will be suspending this program at the national team level as more research is needed in the future.
We lost to the UAE and Vietnam, who were ranked higher. But, we also beat Thailand, another team with a better ranking than Malaysia, to finish third in the group and are racing to qualify for the Asian Cup.”
Due to only placing 3rd in the second qualifying round of the World Cup 2022, Malaysia will have to prepare to attend the final qualifying round of the Asian Cup 2023. Coach Tan Cheng Hoe will have a headache about the personnel problem for the “Malay Tiger” when the solution is to be taken. from the naturalized players are gone.
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