FAM against the idea of naturalization

FAM Vice President Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah declared his opposition towards the potential idea of naturalizing Selangor forward Paulo Rangel


The Football Association of Malaysia has voiced out its opinion regarding naturalization of foreign players by claiming that the nation isn't exactly ready for that procedure.

Recent rumours have suggested that the Malaysian football fans were keen in seeing Selangor forward Paulo Rangel feature for the national team. In fact, a whopping 79.3% voted in favour of him being naturalized in a Goal Malaysia poll recently.

Interim national team coach, Datuk Ong Kim Swee also declared his support for the idea, but it now appears that FAM are not to keen on seeing it actualize.

"I'm not saying its impossible. Perhaps it can happen in future for a plethora of reasons; the person may have married a Malaysian or may even have a kid who is Malaysian," Tengku Abdullah said.

"But I don't agree in taking a foreign player and offering him a Malaysian passport, despite him not having any form of connection with the country.

"If he is extremely good, then perhaps we could consider. But he has to be extraordinary."

This news comes after Rangel publicly declared his willingness to feature for the country through a message that was posted on his Instagram account recently.