One of the things that surprised me when I first arrived in KL 12 years ago was the level of interest in English football. This is mainly due to the mass TV coverage as well as the local league having been decline for some time due to a match fix fixing controversy, poor football quality and a ban on foreign players. As a result the many people have adopted the English Premier League as their own. In contrast the national side is a promising young team and could bring some success in the future.
Following Malaysia’s success in winning the 2010 AFF Football Championship I’ve noticed that there has been a general increase in the number of replica shirts worn by people.
Over the years I’ve had several guests ask me where to buy an official replica shirt and this is a very difficult question to answer.
KL and the Klang Valley are a shopper’s paradise with the giant malls often housing both independent sport shops as well as official outlets from the main players such as Nike. In these stores you can find usually find replica kits from most of the top clubs and countries in Europe as well as few popular countries such as Brazil however I’ve never seen any Malaysian national or domestic kits in all the 12 years I’ve lived here.
I remember in 2001 a colleague from the UK wanted to buy a Selangor shirt much to the amusement of our Malaysian colleagues who suggested that he may have more luck if he tried a pasar malam.
Judging by the some of the search results on google I’m not the only person who is perplexed by difficulties in buying a Malaysian football shirt.
If anybody knows where to get them then please let me know?