FAM should be given full control: Peter
Published on: Thursday, April 25, 2019

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Football Association acting President Datuk Peter Anthony reckoned Malaysia Football League (MFL) which was formed to privatise the Malaysia Professional Football League has hindered the development of the sport in the country.

He said Football Association Malaysia (FAM) should be given full control over the management of football in the country as the recent changes implemented including the introduction of MFL has created a lot of issues that never happened before.

“If we are to develop football and make it more popular not just  in Sabah, the management must be improved and most importantly, we need a body with absolute power.

“Take for example the football league in this country. Since MFL took over, there were so many problems that came to light including collapsing and pulling out of teams.

“I believe this could have been avoided if it was under the guidance of FAM ,” he said this on Wednesday.

“We need to take this as a lesson and if we allowed this to continue then the development of football will be affected.

“It is time for FAM to have full control as before and have a well organised development plan with inputs from all the affiliates in the country.

“There is also a overlapping of jurisdiction at the moment which  I observed  that causes confusion and sometimes we do not know who to address to when we need to send a letter,” he added.

Peter also questioned the delayed of annual grants to the affiliates which never happened under FAM before.

“It was never a problem under FAM where the grants will usually be distributed at the beginning of the year, but now we are still waiting coming into the month of May.

“This is not good for the development of football and if we want to produce capable players to represent the country, we need further improvement in terms of management,” he said.

Earlier, Peter had a meeting with FAM President Datuk Hamidin Amin to discuss on various issues concerning football in the state and country.


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