BAM president Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria said national coaches need to change their approach and place greater emphasis on current form rather than seniority. (BERNAMA Photo)

KUALA LUMPUR: The BA of Malaysia (BAM) want their coaches to focus on developing the country’s top junior players from now on.

It is move to overcome the current dependence on senior players in international events.

BAM president Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria said national coaches need to change their approach and place greater emphasis on current form rather than seniority.

"Some coaches take the safe route by selecting seniors for tournaments. It is now time to invest in our young players with talent,” said Norza at the launch of the Bank Islam-BAM debit card on Thursday.

“This is the reason why all players should be under one roof at our academy in Bukit Kiara. It is for the up-and-coming players to train together with the rest.”

Recently, Norza expressed his disappointment over Malaysia’s poor outing at the All England. He has now given them three months to buck up or face the prospect of being dropped from the national squad.

“Japan and China each had 10 representatives in the quarter-finals of the All England. They have progress but we are still lagging.

"I have informed the coaches that we need to be more efficient during competitions. We need to analyse our strengths and weaknesses, analyse the draw and other factors. We cannot just pack our bags and go.

"I am aware that there are limitations to what we can do but the players need to have a winning mentality and also believe in their abilities,” he added.

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