Govt ready to assist Sabah FA

 

By FRANCIS XAVIER

KOTA KINABALU: The government will not shy away from playing its part in the development of football in the State. In making the assurance yesterday, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal, however, said that the assistance will not be entirely based on finances.

Instead, he insisted the Sabah Football Association (Safa) will need to work on its own to strengthen their financial status.

“What’s important is that they (Safa) need to be well managed by those who are capable in the field, and they should also have a new approach in developing the sport.

“It’s not about when we have money only then can we be successful, we need to make full use of the resources available, we have the infrastructure and training facilities, and there is no reason why we cannot succeed without any money,” Shafie said when met after the handing over of the State flag to the State contingent which will compete at the Malaysia Games (Sukma) Perak, from September 14-22.

He said capable individuals, including ex-State or national players should come forward and assist Safa to develop the State’s No. 1 sport.

“As I have said previously, those who have the capability, interest and patience need to come together and play their role in developing football in the state.

“I have met some old friends, including former players, and I advised them to be active and they are willing to help,” he added.

When asked on the resignation of his younger brother Hamid from the Safa deputy president post, Shafie said he only advised his brother to make way to a more capable individual to lead the Safa leadership.

“I do not know about Hamid’s resignation. I merely gave him advice, and did not stop him from doing what he likes, but there are other capable individuals,” he said.

To another question, he said that the Safa leaders that were elected to their respective posts recently need to be given the opportunity to perform their duties.

“They were elected by the delegates, and it was not my decision. It is a process of democracy, and the delegates are free to choose who is qualified to lead the association,” he said.

At the recent Safa Annual Congress for 2018, former secretary general Alijus Hj Sipil was elected as the new president while Hamid and Datuk Rahman Zakaria were elected as deputy presidents.

However, four days later, Hamid dropped a bombshell by announcing his resignation.

 
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New Sabah Times