Harimau Muda 'A' who were 'caged' from playing in the local league and snubbed by the Singapore S-League, will make a quantum leap by competing in the Slovakia Under-21 league. Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) deputy president Datuk Redzuan Sheikh Ahmad said they (Harimau Muda A) would be sent to Slovakia to compete in the country's local league. "They will compete in the league from February to May and play 14 matches, plus a number of friendly matches from time to time," he told reporters after the FAM executive council meeting here today. "After playing in the Slovakian league, the team would compete...

SO, tell us Mr Minister, what is the Everton deal going to cost the Sports Ministry, viz-a- viz the taxpayers? Reliable sources say, it’s going to be a staggering 1.3 million pounds or the ringgit equivalent of RM7.15 million a year. Is that true Sir? If it is, then let me tell you that it’s a marked-up fashioned to fill someone/ones’ coffers. I know what it costs as we had worked with Everton when I was in event and sports management. Let me tell you Sir, that the whole development plan shouldn’t cost more than 700,000 pounds or RM3.8 million a year. If...

A training stint with an English club may become a reality for the national under-23 squad, said Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek."I have made several proposals to FAM (Football Association of Malaysia) president Sultan Ahmad Shah on the training stint in England after visiting a football academy there recently. "I will be getting the feedbacks soon," Ahmad Shabery told reporters in an interview over the "Sports on Traxx 101" radio programme at Angkasapuri here on Thursday.Ahmad Shabery said once a decision was made, the ministry would unfold a football development programme, for which a RM10 million allocation was...

FOOTBALL Association of Malaysia (FAM) and Sports Ministry are said to be keen to engage the Everton Football Club policy in having a structured youth development and coaching program. Read here on the suggested partnership. Can anyone tell me why Everton? Is it because they spotted Wayne Rooney. ?...

THE SAM executive committee are hoping to raise funds to cover the organisational expenses for the SAM Awards (luncheon) next month and to boost our savings. As such, members are invited to assist towards this cause by selling tables at a cost of RM3,500 (per table). For each table sold, the member concern would receive a RM500 commission Members who wish to help out should contact SAM president - Ahmad Khawari Isa. They must follow procedures and must obtain a covering letter issued from the SAM office (by president only) before any transaction can be processed. Members are allowed to sell more than one...

After having been privy to the idiosyncrasies and modus operandi of the Ministers who have attempted to give form and dignity to the sports portfolio, I am more and more convinced that a politician should not be a sports minister, or a sports minister should not be a politician. For, in their haste to turn sport into his or her launching pad, politician sports ministers wittingly try to promote their political agendas, and unwittingly sentence the quality and future of sport to the gallows. Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek, a rank outsider to sport, is today charting the course of Malaysian football on...

Government has set up special fund under the National Football Development Plan with an initial allocation of RM 10 million. This is above the RM 50 million approved under the 1 Malaysian Youth Program which will be monitored by the Prime Minister's office....

I wrote this story when I was still in NST, somehow I have always asked myself what has happen to this case. Sports Ministry has always said that the file is with Attorney General. But then again there is no follow up. Read the story below. Tired with all the legal threats made by sports promoter Gifted Group, the Youth and Sports Ministry is considering taking legal action against the company for its failure to organised the Champions Youth Cup(CYC). "We are now determining whether we should sue the company first or wait for their next course of action," said its...

I must apologize for not being able to keep up with the latest updates. The Year started with promising job scopes and opportunities for my company to grow, and at the end of the day, blogging does not pay my bills, I would like to thank the many people who called and asked if I had stopped writing. I am not an excellent writer compared to the many people out there, but given my limitations and time constraints I will however make every endeavour to address the biting issues. This morning I was on RTM breakfast show and we spoke about...

Second-half substitute Ahmed Khalil struck in the third minute of stoppage-time as UAE sealed their place at the 2011 AFC Asian Cup finals with a 1-0 win over Malaysia at Al Shabab Stadium on Wednesday. The home side dominated the entire contest but failed to convert any of their chances until former AFC Young Player of the Year Khalil curled home from the edge of the area. Malaysia had to win their final game to keep their slender hopes of joining Uzbekistan in qualifying from the three team Group C alive, but the UAE's second win leaves Malaysia without a point...