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Despite uncertainties about Malaysia’s ability to play international soccer next year, the latest Malaysia jerseys were unveiled on Friday.
Despite lingering uncertainties about Malaysia’s ability to engage in international soccer action over the next year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Harimau Malaya however, they have been preparing for the near future.
On Friday, the Malaysian FA (FAM) and sportswear producer Nike revealed Malaysia’s home and away jerseys from 2020 to 2022.
The home uniform is a minimalist yellow top with black collar and arm parts, with a black stripe running down each side from the armpit down. According to the press release, it is the first Malaysian home kit to sport a collar, since Nike first became the kit for the Malaysian national teams in 2007.
Meanwhile, the away jersey adopted the brave design choice of ditching the blue, white, yellow and red colors, the colors of the Malaysian flag, from previous Malaysia away kits, to retain black and yellow of the traditional colors of the Malaysian home jersey.
The away jersey features diagonal stripes that alternate between black and yellow. Its round neck and the rings at the ends of the arm are yellow.
However, there are fans who are apparently unhappy with the design choices made for the two kits, with many criticizing their extreme minimalism and humorous similarity to school sports outfits.
Their retail price of RM299 (USD74) has also made them quite unaffordable, compared to the original jerseys of most Malaysian teams.
Badly done … I wouldn’t even approve of these designs for use by my youth club … just poor! https://t.co/kRKix41QoN
– Shazwan Wong @ (@ WanShazwan6) December 4, 2020
However, regardless of everyone’s opinion of the new kits, they will surely agree on one issue; who want the national team to be able to return to action and don the jerseys next year, having had their brilliant form in the 2019 Asia World Cup qualifiers interrupted by the pandemic.