PETALING JAYA, MALAYSIA - Former international footballer Datuk Dell Akbar Khan is set to become the first police officer to serve at the FIFA World Cup when he heads for the finals in South Africa next month.
The former FA of Malaysia (FAM) secretary-general has been appointed FIFA venue security officer and will be based in Durban next month.
The former Kuala Lumpur CPO said it would be a challenging task to oversee the security operations of the seven World Cup matches under his supervision in Durban, which includes the plum tie between Brazil and Portugal on June 25.
"It is a great privilege to serve at the FIFA World Cup and I am grateful to all who have assisted me in my career," Dell, 62, said yesterday.
Last year, Dell also served in the same capacity at the Confederations Cup in South Africa and also at the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi.
Dell said his working experience with FAM and the Asian Football Confederation clinched him a place in the FIFA stadium and security committee in 2008.
Teacher Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh is the other Malaysian who will be directly involved in the World Cup Finals as a referee.
-The Star/Asia News Network