Football: Slap in the face for FA Malaysia

Football: Slap in the face for FA Malaysia
Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin welcoming Lim Teong Kim (left) to the National Football Development Programme (NFDP) in August this year. Some of the other NFDP committee appointments have been criticised for their lack of football knowledge and experience

Trouble is brewing between the Youth and Sports Ministry and the FA of Malaysia (FAM).

The recent appointment of suspended FAM deputy president Tan Sri Annuar Musa by Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has stirred up another bitter controversy.

Kelantan FA president Annuar, who was banned by the FAM disciplinary committee for breaching Article 88 last year (April 2012 for speaking to the media on policy matters without consent), was surprisingly drafted into the Ministry's National Football Development Programme (NFDP) committee recently.

The NFDP, which was initiated in 2011, is organised and funded by the Youth and Sports Ministry as a way to help Malaysia qualify for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup Finals in 2019.

Khairy, who chairs the committee, roped in Lim Teong Kim - one of the youth coaches with German giants Bayern Munich FC - as the programme's project director. The appointment was well received by all and sundry based on his vast experience with the Bundesliga club.

However, some of the other appointments in the NFDP committee were criticised as they lacked football knowledge.

The new committee members appointed were former Kedah manager Datuk Othman Aziz, former Sports Writer Association Malaysia (SAM) president Abu Bakar Atan, Media Prima Radio Networks chief executive officer Seelan Paul, Universiti Malaya Student Council (MPPUM) president Izham Ismail and former internationals Ahmad Shahrul Azhar Sofian and Bakri Ibni.

It's easy to understand the appointments of Ahmad Shahrul and Bakri, given their footballing background.

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