Khairy lets FAM decide Young Tigers fate

Khairy Jamaluddin prefers the Young Tigers to break up and play in clubs or state teams, but he admits that the decision is up to the Football Association of Malaysia

The Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has stated that he would prefer if players in the Young Tigers' squad switch and play for clubs in the M-League as he believes that the formation of the Harimau Muda team is only for a short period of time.

According to him, the system of choosing who to play for the national team is much better based on a selection from states or clubs with the condition that the M-League itself is a high-level competition.

Speaking to Utusan, Khairy said: "Actually the Young Tigers' project started when I was the Vice-president of the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM).

"I suggested that idea but they were not for a long team project, but now it is up to the FAM.

"My suggestion is that we make our league much stronger before we switch to the old format of choosing players."

He explained that choosing the national team should involve players from the states or the clubs.

He also congratulated the Young Tigers for winning the Merdeka Tournament after beating Myanmar U23 2-0 last Saturday.

"I am proud with the squad led by Ong Kim Swee.

"We can see many players with great talent such as Wan Zack Haikal and Junior Eldstal," he added.