KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 14 (Reuters) - Malaysian players have been
encouraged to reject offers from foreign clubs and stay at home
and improve the local league by the country's Football
Sultan Ahmad Shah's comments came after striker Mohd Safee
Sali, who was top scorer as Malaysia won the AFF Cup in
December, joined Indonesian club Pelita Jaya from Selangor.
"Whenever there is a player of calibre, many teams will
approach, but my advise to them is better to stay in Malaysia,"
Shah told the Bernama news agency.
Interest in Malaysian players has increased after their
success in the AFF Cup and Shah rewarded the players and
coaching staff on Sunday with a 50,000 Malaysian ringgit
($16,377) bonus for their efforts.
"The achievement is a very proud moment not only for me but
the entire nation. This success must have continuity. This is
only the beginning of a new era for Malaysian football," Shah
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