FAS stand firm in land dis­pute

New Straits Times - - Sport -

THE train­ing ground is­sue is ex­pected to es­ca­late be­tween the FA of Se­lan­gor (FAS) and the state gov­ern­ment.

FAS want the sports com­plex in Sec­tion 15 in Pun­cak Alam to be re­turned to them, com­plain­ing their cur­rent state sec­re­tar­iat ground in Shah Alam is un­suit­able as it is also opened for public use.

For­mer team man­ager Amirudin Shari told Se­lan­gorkini that the state gov­ern­ment will not stop Se­lan­gor if they de­cide not to train in SUK.

“They have been al­low­ing the ‘en­tire town’ to play and train in SUK. We will not move from SUK un­til they return our land in Pun­cak Alam. FAS de­serve their own train­ing ground and academy,” FAS pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Subahan Ka­mal told Time­s­port yes­ter­day.

“They should be more re­spon­si­ble and lead by ex­am­ple. Please give back our land. It is the only as­set FAS have... we will fight it out un­til the end.

“We will not budge from SUK un­til they return our train­ing ground in Pun­cak Alam.

The land for the sports com­plex in Pun­cak Alam was promised to FAS in ex­change for their train­ing ground pre­vi­ously lo­cated be­hind their head­quar­ters in Ke­lana Jaya.

For­mer Men­teri Be­sar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim agreed to hand over the land, now hous­ing a sports com­plex, to FAS but things did not ma­te­ri­alise after he was re­placed by Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, who wanted to pri­va­tise the club.

Amirudin was re­ported as say­ing: “We are more than happy to take the SUK field back. FAS can leave and find an­other pitch.

“The state gov­ern­ment has been let­ting them use it out of char­ity, so we have no in­ten­tion of pres­sur­ing them and mak­ing dras­tic changes.

“If they say the pitch is in poor con­di­tion, it is be­cause of FAS. They should main­tain it. If they find it un­suit­able, then the state is ready to take it back,” said Amirudin.

On the Sul­tan of Se­lan­gor Cup, Subahan said the event or­gan­is­ers wrote to FAS re­cently that they may need play­ers from Se­lan­gor as guest mem­bers for the PKNS se­lec­tion side.

“How­ever, they did not spec­ify the play­ers they wanted. We replied them ac­cord­ingly. It is not an is­sue if the or­gan­is­ers want our play­ers. If they spec­ify the names of play­ers, then we will re­fer to head coach P. Ma­niam over their avail­abil­ity and whether it will in­ter­rupt the team’s sched­ule,” Subahan added

PKNS will take on a Sin­ga­pore Se­lec­tion in the Sul­tan of Se­lan­gor Cup at the Na­tional Sta­dium in Kal­lang on Satur­day. It is learnt that the or­gan­is­ers and PKNS have writ­ten to sev­eral teams re­quest­ing play­ers for the match. Ajitpal Singh

They have been al­low­ing the ‘en­tire town’ to play and train in SUK. We will not move from SUK un­til they return our land in Pun­cak Alam. FAS de­serve their own train­ing ground and academy.

DATUK SERI SUBAHAN KA­MAL FAS pres­i­dent

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