Football Association of Malaysia's (FAM) number two, Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah has rebuked national team coach, Datuk K.Rajagobal for the dismal performances by his charges against Vietnam and Thailand.
Tengku Abdullah underlined that Rajagobal must find the root of Malaysia's medicore display in two friendly defeats against Vietnam and Thailand recently. Both matches ended in 2-0 defeats to Malaysia.
"This is a concern and I hope that we will line-up key players in friendly matches abroad. Enough of experiment, it is more important to identify the first eleven," Tengku Abdullah told Bernama at Program Kayuhan Diraja Karnival Rakyat 2012 to mark the birthday of Sultan of Pahang, Sultan Ahmad Shah, yesterday.
"Although not all get to play, at least most will be involved in matches. If we frequently change the players, they can't be compatible," he added.
However, he was quick to affirm that failure to field first team players does not mean that Rajagobal has failed as a coach.
Tengku Abdullah went on to state that,"The objective was to identify new players, but we also want to keep the winning momentum to lift the team spirit for the Suzuki Cup."
The message by Tengku Abdullah will surely resonate with the Malaysian football fans who have been largely concerned with the recent below par performances of the national team.