BANDUNG: New faces in Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) are capable of bringing a new football model to the country.
Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek said the election of Tengku Mahkota of Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah and Tan Sri Annuar Musa as deputy presidents was good for the development of football.
He said Tengku Abdullah was an active and respected figure and could help in developing the game just like what he did for hockey.
“The ministry has formed a football committee and plans to set up football academies in Pahang, Federal Territory, Melaka and Johor.
“We need satellite centres and this will need FAM approval,” he said when commenting on the FAM election results yesterday.
The Sultan of Pahang Sultan Ahmad Shah was returned unopposed as FAM president, a post held since 1984.
Shabery said Annuar had led Kelantan Football Association well and introduced new models in the Malaysian football scene.
“Kelantan football used to be dependent on the state government but not anymore. It has managed to fuel the people’s support and introduced branding and mechandising,” he added.
Incumbent Datuk Seri Redzuan Sheikh Ahmad lost in the election for the deputy president’s post.
Two other candidates who lost were Datuk Che Mat Jusoh and Datuk Abdul Mokhtar Ahmad.
Khairy Jamaluddin, one of two FAM deputy presidents, did not seek re-election.
The vice-presidents are Datuk Subahan Kamal, Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin, Datuk Afandi Hamzah and Datuk Seri Abdullah Hishan Mohd Hashim. — Bernama