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terms of de­vel­op­ment,” said Khairy yes­ter­day.

“Tunku Is­mail’s vi­sion will bring a new level of ex­cite­ment to lo­cal foot­ball fans as he is ca­pa­ble of bring­ing pos­i­tive changes to Malaysian foot­ball. We will give him sup­port in car­ry­ing out his func­tions as FAM pres­i­dent.”

There were four agen­das on Tunku Is­mail’s first or­der of busi­ness which in­cluded new head coaches for the na­tional and the Un­der-22 teams aside from vow­ing to ‘clean up’ FAM.

Tunku Is­mail said FAM’s fi­nances and ref­er­ees would also re­ceive im­me­di­ate at­ten­tion.

Khairy wel­comed the agen­das.

“All of us in­volved in Malaysian sports should give him time and sup­port in or­der to make sure the first four items and of course, many oth­ers af­ter that, are suc­cess­fully im­ple­mented.”

Re­gard­ing the re­des­ig­na­tion of Ong Kim Swee as na­tional coach to na­tional Un­der-22 coach, Khairy said it shouldn’t be a prob­lem as Kim Swee once led the team to the gold medal at the 2011 Sea Games.

“Kim Swee is not a stranger to that age group and I have a good work­ing re­la­tion­ship with Kim Swee.

“The Na­tional Sports Coun­cil and Na­tional Sports In­sti­tute, the bod­ies run­ning the Kita Juara pro­gramme will also give Kim Swee the sup­port he needs to get the job done.

“He’s known to us, he’s our friend so it shouldn’t be a prob­lem.”

He (Tunku Is­mail Sul­tan Ibrahim) is ca­pa­ble of bring­ing pos­i­tive changes to Malaysian foot­ball.

sit­u­a­tion and I am sure we will re­main the Su­per League.

“On pa­per, we may not have a chance but in re­al­ity — if all of us work to­gether — we can reach our target.

“We have a good set of play­ers with po­ten­tial and all we have to do is tap their po­ten­tial, cul­ti­vate and mo­ti­vate them and we have won,” Zainal told the me­dia at the Pe­nang Sports Club ground in Ge­orge Town yes­ter­day. K. Kandiah

PIC BY SHAHNAZ FAZLIE SHAHRIZAL

Pe­nang coach Zainal Abidin Has­san (cen­tre) over­sees his team train­ing at the Pe­nang Sports Club ground in Ge­orge Town yes­ter­day.

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