BY ZULHILMI ZAINAL Follow on Twitter
The Malaysian FA (FAM) technical director Peter De Roo wants to start charting the country's football development path in the near future, according to a statement he made through the association.
The Dutchman drew the example of the Malaysia U19 national team, who recently qualified for the 2018 AFC U19 Championship. According to him, Bojan Hodak's squad produced not only the results but also shown improvements.
But he claimed that if they had failed to qualify, the improvements would have been ignored by the public and the team would have been derided instead.
"I know it is not a popular thing to say in football and definitely the general public doesn’t want to maybe hear about it, but for me performances always come before a result; certainly in Youth Football. It is great that they qualified; don’t get me wrong, because it gives these talented youngsters a few more games at International level and an opportunity to test ourselves against the best in Asia.
"My point being though how many of us would have critized this staff and group of players if they wouldn’t have qualified, simply based on the outcome of the tournament," said the former Australia's Centre of Excellence technical director.
De Roo now wants to begin discussing with the junior national team coaches about the central ideas of Malaysia's play, as this will lead to more sustainable success at the senior level.
"In the very near future we will sit down as Technical Staff and National (Youth) Team coaches to discuss how we want to play.
"What will be our National playing style and Philosophy with our underage National Teams? What kind of vision and philosophy in terms of how to play suits Malaysian culture and is at the same time suitable for Youth Development?" pointed out the 47-year old former player.
Apart from the national teams, he added that the association will also develop more decentralised courses to develop young players and coaches throughout the country, a process that he clarified will take time.
"We need to develop more and better coaches to make sure we give all those young players the service they deserve. We need to start by developing our own instructor’s for Malaysia; so that we can run more (decentralized) courses.
"A great advantage of running our own courses in the future is also that we will be able to adjust them to the specific needs of Malaysian Football and we can use the courses to introduce coaches to our national Playing Style and Philosophy," he remarked.