Sathia accepts TMJ’s challenge, prepared to debate on live TV

Former Malaysian national team head coach B. Sathianathan has accepted Tunku Ismail ibni Sultan Ibrahim’s challenge of publicly debating key issues regarding Malaysian football.

The ex-ATM boss claims that he’s up for the challenge as long as it’s beneficial in reviving the local football scene, on a long run.

Speaking to Malaysiakini, Sathia said: “It’s a good suggestion. I will accept (the challenge) if that is the best way to restore pride in (national) football.”

This comes after TMJ, as he is fondly known, recently slammed Youth and Sports minister Khairy Jamaluddin, for allegedly trivializing the quality of local footballers that are part of the national squad.

While Khairy did not issue a response, Ong Kim Swee and Sathia both defended him. “We’re miles behind if we compare them with the likes of Saudi Arabia or United Arab Emirates (UAE),” Sathianathan said as quoted by Berita Harian.

TMJ then proceeded to issue a statement last night, calling for all three of them to stop ‘covering up’, before challenging them to live television debate on issues related to FAM as well as the local football scene.

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