KUALA LUMPUR: Many local players still do not realise what they need to do to compete with import players for first team places.
This is because many local players just train under their coaches without thinking of doing additional training or have more sessions to improve their performance.
This was voiced by former Harimau Malaya coach, B. Sathianathan.
Former international Hairuddin Omar has also expressed support for Sathianathan’s views who stressed that local players need to have the initiative to improve their performance by training harder and have good disciplines especially when it comes to eating habits and getting proper sleep and rest.
Hairuddin, who is also president of the Professional Footballers Association of Malaysia (PFAM), said the mentality of willing to do additional training will help players to go far in their careers.
“Yes, additional training is not a usual practice for our local players though it is vital for improving performances.
“It is also one reason why former players like myself, Indra Putra Mahayuddin and Shukor Adan could have such long professional careers because not only did we train hard, we also did additional training sessions.
“We cannot just depend on the usual training sessions by the coaches, because most of the time a coach will only focus on certain aspects of the game.
“So, as professional players, for example being a forward, one should make the effort to train and improve on finishing moves that can help in scoring goals,” said the 37-year-old.
Hairuddin, popularly known as ‘Hai O’, is among the players mentioned by Sathianathan as “hard working” and willing to do additional training on their own.
Translated from Berita Harian