IT'S good to note that the Malaysian Super League (MSL) is now more competitive than before because the teams are playing the games at a much faster pace.
However, there are occasions where teams capable of playing their own brand of football -- hard-running and fast attacking -- are not able to perform consistently and to their full potential.
And this is boring! We often hear them say the players are tired. It's fatigue from having to play one too many competitive matches within a short span of time.
An example is the hectic schedule of the Kelantan team, which is in contention for the FA Cup and Asian Football Confederation Cup championships.
The Kelantan schedule for April reads: April 4 -- Indonesia's Arema FC (AFC), April 7 -- Sarawak (MSL), April 10 -- Arema FC (AFC), April 14 -- T. Team (MSL), April 17 -- T. Team (second round of MSL), April 21 -- Kedah (second round FA Cup), April 24 -- Navibank, Bangkok (AFC), and May 31 -- Kedah (second round of FA Cup).
This is a total of eight matches within 28 days, which means players have to play a game every 31/2 days, including time taken to travel to venues. Another team in a similar situation is the Terengganu team, which still has an interest in the FA Cup and the AFC Cup competitions.
Having such a hectic schedule -- with the inclusion of the AFC Cup, MSL and FA Cup competitions -- will not benefit Malaysian football as fatigued players with aching body parts and without enough rest will not be at their best to perform.
In such a situation, the game suffers.
The Football Association of Malaysia has to address this issue.