There have been several voices questioning the reasoning behind allocating such a large amount of money, especially after the team’s performance in SEA Games where they failed to retain their gold medal.
However according to the Secretary-General of the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM), Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin said that the FAM is confident that the decision to send the team to compete in Australia can help them improve them in the long-term.
“If we did not make any program, they said we did not do any work. So what’s important is please look at this program in a positive way,” said Hamidin to Berita Harian.
“Every program needs (a) budget. By joining the NPL Queensland, our young players can compete with more senior players and we know that the league standards’ here has improved,” he added.
Recently, Youth and Sport Minister Khairy Jamaluddin revealed that the ministry will help the FAM by giving RM2 Million to support the budget allocated for the Young Tigers to compete in Australia.
Ong Kim Swee's men will look to bounce back from their disappointing SEA Games campaign, where they lost to Indonesia in the semi-finals, and then Singapore in the bronze medal match-up.