Malaysia's conquest of the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup was a product of a rededication to grassroots development, their national team coach said.
Datuk K. Rajagopal, who led the Malayan Tigers to that stunning victory against Indonesia, spoke at the press conference earlier today touting the international friendly between his side and the Philippine Azkals slated tomorrow, where he stressed how going back to basics helped Malaysia recapture its place among the region's elite teams.
"Because we won the AFF Suzuki Cup, everybody was thinking how we did it," said Coach K, as he is called. "We have to start from the basics. The youth have to be given more emphasis, the grassroots level and more exposure. And then you can see the team will definitely progress. Attention should be given to the youth and age group. Now you can see the progress of Malaysia, especially the young ones, the youth team. That should be the way."
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