Peter takes over as Safa pres­i­dent

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In­fra­struc­ture De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Datuk Peter An­thony will lead the Sabah Foot­ball As­so­cia on (SAFA) as its pres­i­dent.

KENINGAU: In­fra­struc­ture De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Datuk Peter An­thony will lead the Sabah Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (SAFA) as its pres­i­dent.

Peter, who is also pres­i­dent of the Malaysia Kadazan Dusun Mu­rut Or­gan­i­sa­tion (KDM Malaysia), will fill the va­cancy left by for­mer pres­i­dent Ali­jus Sipil who re­signed, re­cently.

Peter made the an­nounce­ment in his speech dur­ing the launch­ing of the KDM Malaysia Foot­ball League Cham­pi­onship 2018-2019 at the Keningau Sports Com­plex, yes­ter­day.

Ear­lier, he said, Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Ap­dal had en­trusted him to take over SAFA even though he had pre­vi­ously felt that the task was a tough one.

“In­deed, be­fore Ali­jus re­signed, there were nom­i­nated can­di­dates in­clud­ing my­self and I did not deny that it is a big re­spon­si­bil­ity (to be pres­i­dent), but I ac­cept it for the sake of Sabah foot­ball.

“We will act as quickly as pos­si­ble to look at the con­sti­tu­tions of SAFA as well as Sports Com­mis­sion­ers and if things go well, we will form a new com­mit­tee im­me­di­ately,” he said.

Peter said among the main re­spon­si­bil­i­ties that need to be done im­me­di­ately was to set­tle the as­so­ci­a­tion’s debts start­ing with play­ers’ salaries about five months in ar­rears.

“I un­der­stand that the to­tal debt in­clud­ing salaries is about RM6 mil­lion. This is what we need to solve im­me­di­ately be­cause the play­ers need money for their daily lives. I am con­fi­dent it will be com­pleted be­fore Christ­mas,” he said.

When asked about Sabah’s se­nior team prepa­ra­tion for the Malaysian League next sea­son, Peter said it was also the main agenda to be re­solved.

“We will de­cide as soon as pos­si­ble in­clud­ing Jelius At­ing’s po­si­tion as head coach. We have plenty that must be done in so lit­tle time but we will do ev­ery­thing we can to over­come all is­sues so that we can be­come one of the next sea­son’s main con­tenders,” he said.

Peter launch­ing the KDM Malaysia Foot­ball League Cham­pi­onship 2018-2019 at the Keningau Sta­dium, yes­ter­day. Also in the pic­ture are or­gan­is­ing chair­man Henry Saim­pon and com­mit­tee mem­bers.

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