CM says Safa must be more self-sufficient
Published on: Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: Sabah Football Association (Safa) must become more financially self-sufficient even though the government will always be ready to assist them in the development of the sport, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal on Monday."The government will always try to assist but not necessarily based on finances, as the association needs to strengthen their financial status on their own. It is important that they are managed by capable people with a new approach to develop the sport in the State."

He emphasised that money is not the only factor for success.

"It is not a question of with more money you can be successful, we have to use the available resources, after all we have the training and infrastructures, and I don't see why we cannot succeed without any money," he said.

He also said individuals with the right knowledge such as former players should come together to help Safa.

"As I have said earlier, people who have the knowledge and interest need to come together to help develop the sport, and I have also met and talked with several former players and their response is positive."

Meanwhile, on Hamid Apdal resignation as Safa deputy president a few days after he was elected by the delegates, Shafie said he only advised his brother to make way for more capable individual to lead the association.

"I did not know the resignation as I wasn't planning to block his interest in the sport.

It was only an advice from me that there are many more capable individuals out there," he said.

He added that the present Safa committee led by Alijus Sipil should be given the chance to carry out their duties and he will not make any comment.

"It was a democratic process, and the new committee was chosen by the delegates, and as government, we will try to facilitate the best we can." – GL Oh


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