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