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Peter drops bombshell

29th September, 2020


KOTA KINABALU: Datuk Peter Anthony dropped a bombshell yesterday as he announced his resignation as the president of the Sabah Football Association (Safa) with immediate effect.

The decision could spark upheaval within the association, particularly when it comes to managing its Super League team.

Peter decided to quit the top job saying that it was time for him to take a rest for the time being.

“With everything that is happening now, including my hectic work in politics … I feel the need to take a rest (from football) for a while.”

“With this, I wish to announce my resignation as the president of the Sabah Football Association which is to take effect from today,” Peter said in a brief statement to the media yesterday.

He thanked everyone who has been with him since he led the association in late 2018.

“I have done the best I could. I hope Safa will continue to achieve success under new leadership,” he added. For the record, Peter had done relatively well since he came into the picture and was indeed the saviour of the association.

Despite having to inherit a debt-ridden association, Peter managed to put Safa’s house in order by settling all the arrears, including full payment of the players’ salary.

And within a year, Safa, under his leadership managed to finally end their title drought by winning their first crown in 23 years after being crowned the champions of the Premier League, which is the country’s second tier.

The feat eventually saw them return to the Super League after a seven-year hiatus.

“The COVID-19 crisis since March this year has also affected our development plans. The competitions for the Under-21 squad (President’s Cup) and Under-19 (Youth Cup) have even been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.”

“The same goes for the formation of our senior side. It is not easy to come out after almost six months’ rest but I’m delighted to note that we (Sabah) finally regained our confidence and won our first match against Melaka (3-2) in Likas on Sunday.”

“I would like to congratulate the team for the win and I believe that it has boosted the team’s hope of staying in the Super League next season.”

Lastly, Peter said he is leaving the association which is now in a good state and that he hopes the new president will be able to carry on or strengthen the association.

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