Ashley Westwood has been appointed Penang FA head coach, taking over from Croatian Nenad Bacina, who led the Panthers to MSL safety last season.
Penang midfielder Faiz Subri has become Malaysia's first-ever FIFA Puskas award nominee after his outrageous free kick in the 2016 MSL season.
Lionel Messi, Neymar and Saul Niguez are among the 10 nominees for the FIFA Puskas Award 2016 for the best goal of the year.
National boss Ong Kim Swee has ample striking options for Malaysia's AFF Cup campaign, and may make Darren Lok and Hazwan Bakri his first choice.
English-born Darren Lok is planning on Bahasa classes as he is fast tracked into life as a Malaysia international, ahead of this month's AFF Cup.
Coach Karl-Heinz Weigang, who helped Malaysia qualify for the 1980 Olympics, says the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup team can learn from how that squad bonded.