Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah has insisted a need for better strategies to help the country’s national team climb the FIFA World Ranking ladder.
Ahead of the joint qualifiers of 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup, Harimau Malaya are ranked 166th in the world and eighth in South-East Asia, their lowest-ever standing.
“For a start, we want to try and move up 10 places in the rankings,” said Tengku Abdullah, who reiterated that it is his responsibility as FAM boss to improve team’s quality.
“We’ll analyse the national team’s schedule to allow more time for their preparation. We will also plan their [friendly] opponents so that we can improve on our world ranking.
“We will also look into the arrangements of the Malaysian Leagues, FA Cup and Malaysia Cup following a season which did not run smoothly.”
The FAM has been criticised in recent weeks for the scheduling of mid-season friendlies against opponents such as Tottenham, which has disrupted the league’s calendar.
Malaysia achieved their highest-ever ranking in August 1993 when FIFA rated them as the 75th best team in the world.