Kedah's dreams of defending their Malaysia Cup title are fast fading after failing to collect any points when they lost 0-1 to Kelantan at the Sultan Muhammed IV Stadium in Kota Baharu on Tuesday's night.Indra Putra Mahayuddin's clinical finishing in the 49th minute was good enough for Kelantan to take the lead in Group E with six points from two wins. Kedah only have one point which they earned from their draw with Armed Forces (ATM) in their opening match on Saturday.In the other Group E match tonight, ATM and Penang played to a 1-1 draw at the Selayang Stadium. Meanwhile, Negeri...

It seems like MTBC has got themselve into a tussle with a main stream media, and the best part is, the journalist forwarded the e-mail to all the media contacts in his e-mail list. Maybe Sidney Tung should clarify the matter or there were some truth to the story written regards to the AGM that was held recently AGM. MTBC is one of the best organised and administered association in the country and very successful as well, it will be interesting to see the outcome. MTBC PRESS RELEASE We refer to an article in an English daily claiming that there will be...

Malaysia's squash queen and world number one Datuk Nicol Ann David sealed her fourth successive Women's World Open title after defeating host nation's favourite, Natalie Grinham.Natalie, the second-seeded from Australia, changed her nationality in 2008 after being based in Amsterdam for several years and married to former Dutch number one, Tommy Berden. According to the tournament's official website, www.womenworldopen.com, Nicol was down to Natalie 3-11 in the first set in today's final which was held at the glass court of the Frans Otten Stadion in Amsterdam. However, Nicol regained her winning stroke in the remaining sets and sealed the game with 11-6,...

Favourite teams Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Kelantan and Perlis began their Malaysia Cup campaign by winning their matches Saturday night.In Group D, Selangor collected three points after beating Sabah 1-0 at Kompleks Sukan Tawau. The only goal was scored by Mohd Safee Sali (26th min). Selangor, the FA Cup and Super League champions had to share top spot with PDRM which beat Kuala Muda NAZA 1-0 at Stadium Majlis Perbandaran Selayang.Malaysia Cup holders Kedah only managed a 1-1 draw with Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) in a Group E match at Stadium Darulaman, Alor Setar. Kedah opened scoring when Farizal Abu Bakar scored in...

As widely expected, the 1 Malaysia F1 team has started sponsorship talks with national oil company Petronas apart from looking into jointly developing a line of engine oils and lubricants. Team principal Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes confirmed this although stressing that the motor racing team called Lotus F1 by the FIA remains a private venture. “We would love Petronas to sponsor us,” Fernandes told reporters at the sidelines of the Singapore F1 Grand Prix. The aviation tycoon who turned around Air Asia into a successful budget airline has hit back at critics of his Lotus F1 Team project saying that and it...

Malaysia's 1Malaysia F1 Team for the 2010 season is likely to feature a driver with vast F1 experience to lead the charge, so, a homegrown talent to spearhead the Lotus F1 Team in the debut season next year is unlikely to happen. Not until the chosen one is ready to enter the big league and compete with the big boys of F1, according to Lotus F1 Team Principal, Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes.So for now, the search is on for a driver with the experience; the temperament and the proven skills to carry the Malaysian flag next season.And probably that's why Fernandes...

This story was written, when I was still with New Straits Times. Tengku Abdullah was brave enough to quit, now that Sultan Ahmad Shah has indicated to loose cannon read here that he would quit end of next year, it is probably the time for Tengku Abdullah to make a return. But the AFC Vice President needs to move with a new set of team if he wants to make any changes to Malaysian Football. Tengku Mahkota of Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah said he decided to quit as deputy president of the FAM after considering the need for "new people" to...

FIFA Development Officer Windsor John tendered his resignation last Friday. It is learnt that FIFA has accepted his resignation .Windsor took over the development office from Datuk Sri Paul Mony Samuel in 2004. Since then the FIFA DO office is known for its top notch workforce and efficiency in the FIFA family. While news has spread to member countries, It is also learnt that FAM President Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah might meet Windsor over the football development matters in the country. Windsor tagged as "EXPERT" in football matters in Asia, is also a perfect candidate to be hired as the CEO for...

FORMER National Coach B.Sathianathan has been offered a contract to coach Kelantan who are also known as "Red Warriors". It is learnt that KAFA President Tan Sri Annuar Musa has been talking to Sathianathan who lead Malaysia to a back to back Merdeka Tournament finals and winning one in 2007. Peter Butler has stepped down as Kelantan coach in a sudden move that has dealt a severe blow to the side’s Malaysia Cup hopes. Butler opted to resign due to personal reasons, though his contract was up for renewal in November in any case. It is learnt from reliable sources that he...

The National futsal squad can look forward to a fruitful outing in the AFC Cup Futsal championship in Uzbekistan next May, after a favourable draw.According to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) website, Malaysia who are in the Asean zone, have been drawn in Group B with Vietnam, Cambodia and the Philippines while Group A comprises Australia, Indonesia, Brunei and Myanmar. The top two teams in Group A and B, qualify for the semi-finals of the Asean zone, and the top three qualify for the AFC Cup finals in Uzbekistan later.Based on the recent Asean Football Federation (AFF) futsal competition held in Ho...