Ministry will not intervene in Harimau Muda issue: Minister


SINTOK: The Youth and Sports Ministry will not intervene at the moment in the issue regarding Harimau Muda A’s call for inclusion in the Super League after the Football Association of Singapore rejected its application to participate in the republic’s S-League recently.

Its minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek said the ministry believed the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) had an alternative in the event the under-21 squad running into problems with the S-League.

He said that the FAM would have its own answer and that he hoped that the problem could be handled wisely.

“We don’t want to see actions that can only aggravate the situation,” he told reporters when met at the 13th Wushu Night organised by Universiti Utara Malaysia Wushu Club here on Friday.

Ahmad Shabery was asked to comment whether the ministry would intervene in the issue after Harimau Muda A coach Azraai Khor Abdullah expressed the team’s desire to be included in the Super League.

Meanwhile, Ahmad Shabery said, the ministry would set up a special committee to look into the programme to send members of the national under-23 team for a stint with European clubs.

“The programme covers the development of the sport, the setting up of football development centre, training programmes for up to 5,000 students as well as coaching programmes and attachment of players with foreign clubs,” he said.

Any decision would depend on the recommendations by the committee, he added. – Bernama