BY NIK AFIQ Follow on Twitter
The owner of youth football club Frenz United FC (FUFC), Rashid Maidin has finally admitted that the club will cease its operations temporarily.
Recent reports suggested that FUFC, which have operated since 2012, are in trouble, with their players 'abandoned' and not undergoing any training sessions for quite some time.
Rashid on Wednesday released a statement on the Frenz United official Facebook page, confirming that they will 'take a break' from Malaysian football by the end of this year.
In the statement, Rashid said one of the reasons as to their break from football is the lack of a proper youth league for U15 and U17 players.
Rashid explained: “After five years of Frenz United Football Academy in operation, FAM still does not have a youth league for players U15 and U17. NFDP allowed us to join their tournament this year but unfortunately, it is a very badly managed third tier tournament and a waste of time for professional academies in terms of investment.”
“It is pointless to have an academy when you don’t have a proper local youth league for the players in the country.”
Rashid also said clubs such as Frenz United also will not be able to compete with state FA’s as they are able to use public funds and resources.
“Privatisation of Malaysia League has not happened. It is impossible for private clubs like Frenz to compete in the Malaysian league. This will create an unfair playing field.”
Rashid also stated that another key reason that they will take a break from football is because not all clubs have their own academies in order to compete in the Malaysian league, except for Frenz United and JDT.
“The implementation of clubs to have their own academies in order to compete in the Malaysian League has not happened. Only Frenz and JDT have invested in a youth system and an academy. Other clubs are still relying on the Sports School and NFDP for their future players.”
“Private academies like Frenz cannot compete in terms of financial resources with these free Development Plans as they can even afford to lose a 100 million ringgit but would still be able to continue.”
The current financial downturn in the country has also given a major impact on Frenz United's budget to run its academy, said Rashid. He stated that in order to survive this downturn, the ecosystem in Malaysian football needs a major revamp, towards privatisation for private clubs and academies.
“Unfortunately in Malaysia, everybody wants to manage football club or academy but none will put their money where their mouth is.”
Rashid however promised that Frenz United will be back in the future, and they hope that Malaysian football will be privatised during their hiatus.
“Although we are taking a break from football at the moment, we are pretty sure that we will be back in the near future when times are better and hopefully when Malaysian football has been privatised. At the moment, it does not make sense to continue in the current ecosystem.”
Recently, the Youth and Sports Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin has offered assistance to Frenz United, in terms of their players' placement.