Oct 31, 2013


Every year, multi-talented Malaysian football administrators are being wooed by foreign clubs and nations to chart their fortunes. Such brain-drainage of Malaysians with technical skills and knowledge simply has no ending.

This is not only a big loss to the nation in terms of human capital, but indeed a tragic one. Tragic because while their ‘expertise’ is well recognised and capitalised on by foreign nations local football governing bodies at state and national levels seems to have turned a blind eye on them.

Three Malaysians have so far made the exodus before this and now 51-year-old Jeysing Gnana Kannu Muthiah, a former physical education lecturer in local universities-turned FIFA administrator, joins the growing list of those ‘lured’ for their  best knowledge of the game’.

A father of three teenage girls, Jeysing will take up the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Myanmar Professional League which has been in existence since 2009.
It seems, the Myanmar FA, just knows ‘where and who’ to pick as the best brains to turn their football fortunes around by having at the helm of a professional league someone far-refined on the international scene.

Prior to this, Malaysians have seen Windsor Paul John appointed as Deputy General-Secretary of the Asian Football Confederation, Kelly Sathiraj the former Football  Association of Malaysia Assistant General Secretary moved to AFC, Former MSL CEO Stuart Ramalingam also with AFC. And then, there’s Mohammed Saifuddin Abu Bakar who is now the Technical Consultant of Competitions and Pro League with Oman FA and Michelle Chai who is working in UAE. 

While it cannot be denied that ‘good perks’ are an added motivational factor, the fact remains clear that Malaysian-born football administrators are well sought after in the Asian  market.Jeysing holds a diploma in sports psychology, degree in physical education (University Putra Malaysia) and masters in management from the International Islamic University Malaysia.

A keen athlete himself, having excelled in athletics, swimming and football in his younger days, Jeysing has been a FIFA Coordinator for several international tournaments over the years. He last posting was as the Local Organising Committee (LOC) Consultant for the 2012 FIFA Futsal World Cup held in Thailand.

Though it is sad to see several Malaysians leaving our shores for long-term assignments, they have nevertheless done us proud as Malaysians. We are proud of you too, Jeysing!

All the Best!


As expected, Thailand registered straight set wins over Japan and Germany in their opening Group B matches at ISTAF SuperSeries MALAYSIA 2013/14, taking only a total of 42  minutes to finish off their opponents.
Despite giving three new players their first shot at international action, the second seeds only needed 24 minutes to defeat Japan 15-2, 15-9 in their first match and 18 minutes to overcome Germany 15-1, 15-3 in their second at the Likas Sports Complex here.

Coach Somporn Sanyabut, who is keeping star tekong Siriwat Sakha and striker Pornchai Kaokaew for the SEA Games in December, took the opportunity to give Panupong Petlue, Treepong Rawangai and Tanawat Chumsena a taste of the big times.

“I am satisfied with the way my three new players combined with Rattadech Noijaroen and Anuwat Chaichana,” he said. “They were part of the winning Asean University Games team in Laos last year, so I was confident in their abilities.”

Thailand, who won ISTAF SuperSeries THAILAND 2013/14 in September, is grouped together with Japan, Singapore, Brunei and Germany. Group A has top seeds Malaysia, Iran, India and Indonesia.

In the women’s competition, top seeds and defending champions Thailand were given a scare by unseeded Japan before defeating them 15-10, 15-8 in their opening Group B match. Coach Veeras Na Nongkhai, who used all five of his players, was however satisfied with the outcome despite his charges’ slow start in both sets.

“I am trying out different combinations to get the best possible team for the upcoming SEA Games,” he said. “But we were overconfident as we thought the Japanese would be easy to beat, and that’s why we struggled early on in both sets.”

In Group A, Vietnam and Malaysia were each awarded automatic 2-0 walkover wins over Korea after the team failed to show up due to player injury and technical difficulties.

ISTAF SuperSeries Malaysia, October 31-November 3, is the third and final leg of ISTAF SuperSeries 2013/14. The ISTAF SuperSeries Final is scheduled to be held February 13-16 next year in Kuala Lumpur.

The ISTAF SuperSeries platform is created by Asia Sports Ventures (ASV) – the International Sepaktakraw Federation’s (ISTAF) exclusive global commercial and development partner. The Malaysian leg is supported by Persatuan Sepaktakraw Malaysia (PSM).

ISTAF SuperSeries MALAYSIA 2013/14
October 31

Men’s competition
Group A: Malaysia bt Iran 2-0 (15-8, 15-4); Indonesia bt India 2-0 (15-7, 15-10); Indonesia bt Iran 2-0 (15-2, 15-7)
Group B: Thailand bt Japan 2-0 (15-2, 15-9); Singapore bt Brunei 2-1 (8-15, 16-14, 15-13); Thailand bt Germany 2-0 (15-1, 15-3)

Women’s competition
Group A: Vietnam w/o Korea 2-0; Malaysia w/o Korea 2-0
Group B: Thailand bt Japan 2-0 (15-10, 15-8)