The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) fully utilised its finances for the promotion of the game, inviting a battalion of 11 Pakistani officials, five of them as ‘guests,’ for Congress meeting in Kuala Lumpur earlier this month. According to a top Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) official, apart from three delegates – PFF secretary Col Ahmad Yar Lodhi (retd), executive committee members Saeed Khan (NWFP) and Salahuddin Dogar (Punjab) – AFC especially invited five more officials as guests. Those who went as AFC guests were either PFF or provincial association officials. Among the so-called guests were Col Rana Shujaat Ali, Khadim Ali Shah, Ayaz...

FORMER Sportswriter and Malay Mail Sports Editor, Tony Mariadass has started a blog at www.level-field.blogspot.com - He has covered 12 consecutive SEA Games since 1983, two Asian games and the 2004 Sydney Olympics. When I was stringing in Malay Mail way back in 1996, Tony M guided me and shared his knowledge about Malaysian sports. He is passionate about sports and continues to talk about it. He actually managed a football team called the "KL Malay Mail", which played in the Premier League. In short he has walked the talk. Welcome Tony!...

Jawatankuasa Tatatertib FAM ke-13 yang bersidang pada 28 Mei 2009, telah membuat keputusan menarik balik pengantungan Stadium Sultan Mohamad Ke-IV Kota Bahru berkuatkuasa dengan serta-merta. Keputusan ini dicapai berikutan semakan semula hukuman yang dikenakan pada 10 April 2009 kepada Persatuan Bolasepak Kelantan. Walaubagaimana pun Jawatankuasa Pertandingan Tempatan FAM akan menetapkan syarat-syarat yang harus dipatuhi oleh Persatuan Bolasepak Kelantan dalam masa yang terdekat ini sebelum bermulanya semula pertandingan Liga Super pada 16 Jun nanti dimana pasukan Kelantan akan menentang pasukan Perak UPB Myteam di Kota Bahru. Pada insiden yang berlaku pada 7 April lalu semasa perlawanan separuh akhir pertama Piala FA diantara Kelantan...

DID FAM SCREW UP IN BANNING KELANTAN FROM PLAYING IN KOTA BARU? IF IT’S WAS A MISTAKE THEN FAM OWES KELANTAN FA AND THE FANS AN APOLOGY! JAWATANKUASA Disiplin Persatuan Bola Sepak Malaysia (FAM) memutuskan untuk membatalkan penggantungan Stadium Sultan Mohamad IV selepas mesyuaratnya, semalam. Ia bermakna Kelantan yang digantung daripada menggunakan gelanggang mereka sehingga ke penghujung musim bakal beraksi di depan penyokong mereka menentang UPB MyTeam pada 16 Jun ini. Setiausaha Agung FAM, Datuk Azzuddin Ahmad, mengesahkan keputusan itu, tetapi memaklumkan butiran lanjut mengenainya akan hanya diumumkan, hari ini. Jawatankuasa Disiplin sudah membuat keputusan tetapi ianya akan dibincangkan dengan Jawatankuasa Pertandingan...

Former Perlis Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim on Thursday openly expressed his support for Datuk Seri Dr Ibrahim Saad in vying for the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) deputy president post. He said Ibrahim, an OCM vice-president, was a qualified and capable leader for the No. 2 post, now held by Datuk Dr M. Jegathesan. "I've known him (Ibrahim) as an experienced hand in leading sports bodies and also in getting sponsorship for sports," Shahidan, who is also the president of the Malaysia Amateur Athletics Union (MAAU), told Bernama here Thursday. Shahidan who is contesting the OCM president post, said Ibrahim was also...

There is a certain irony that Thierry Henry exorcised the biggest disappointment of his career by joining the ranks of those who inflicted it. Only three years ago, he left the Stade de France in a huff complaining that Barcelona had offered nothing after beating his Arsenal side 2-1, but the 31-year-old France striker was in a far better mood last night as he contributed to the Spanish champions regaining the European crown. “Arsenal are in my heart and blood and the Champions League defeat with them was the biggest disappointment of my career, but tonight I am happy,” Henry said....

The Malaysian Amateur Athletics Union's (MAAU) executive board has given its deputy president Karim Ibrahim a mandate to discuss the status of its president Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim who is expected to contest for the post of Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) president. MAAU deputy president Karim Ibrahim said the decision was made during the MAAU executive board meeting last Saturday. "Although we had initially nominated him for the contest, we (MAAU) want to know whether he was firm on the decision. If he decides to contest, we will back him," he told Bernama when contacted Tuesday. Shahidan who is also president of...

The prolonged crisis in the country's governing body for taekwondo, the Malaysian Taekwondo Association (MTA), is expected to be resolved soon with the setting up of a new MTA, based on amendments made to its constitution, by-laws, and membership eligibility. MTA Ad-Hoc Committee chairman Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Ja'afar said with the crisis entering its fifth year, the committee, formed in April after the MTA's re-suspension by the Sports commissioner, has held seven meetings and its 15 members had agreed to the new MTA. "The 15-member committee want to end this crisis for the development of the sport in this country,"...

Burnley returned to the top flight of English football with a 1-0 defeat of Sheffield United in the promotion playoff final at Wembley yesterday. Wade Elliott curled in the winning goal after 13 minutes and the Lancashire club, who were relegated from the old first division in 1976, were the better side throughout. “I think we were worthy winners but my heart goes out to Sheffield United,” Burnley manager Owen Coyle told Sky Sports after their 61st match of a season, which included a run to the League Cup semi-final and the last 16 of the FA Cup. “I’m delighted with what we...

The Football Association of Malaysia's (FAM) decision to bar Kelantan from playing their home matches at the Sultan Mohammad IV stadium until the end of the season, has left Kelantan Football Association (KAFA), president   Tan Sri Annuar Musa in a dilemma."I am now in a dilemma as to the next course of action. I will, however, meet the player's team management and fan club members to discuss the situation. "But the final decision will only be decided at the KAFA council meeting on Wednesday," Annuar Musa told reporters when met at the KLFA Stadium in Cheras last night. He was earlier reported as saying...