Despite losing 2-1 in the second leg final of the AFF Suzuki Cup at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta, the national team created history by defeating Indonesia on a 4-2 aggregate to become the new football champions of ASEAN. To commemorate the historic win, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has declared Friday, December 31 2010, a public holiday. The public holiday announcement was made via national news agency Bernama Indonesia won the second leg of the final 2-1 on Wednesday night while Malaysia had won the first leg 3-0 in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday. The scorers for Indonesia were Mohammad...

The Malaysian football team showed remarkable confidence as they prepare to take on Indonesia in the second leg final of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2010 at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta, Wednesday. With one hand already on the trophy after a 3-0 win in the first leg Sunday, team captain, Safiq Rahim echoed his teammates confidence by declaring, “We came here to win and I am confident we will return home as champions’.” The 3-0 victory clearly put Malaysia as the clear favourites to win the AFF Suzuki Cup for the first time ever, since the tournament’s inception in 1996. Safiq,...

His Royal Highness Prince Ali bin Al Hussein launched his four key football pillars in his quest for the FIFA Vice President’s seat in Asia. At a press conference here today, Prince Ali, President of the Jordan Football Association and of the West Asia Football Federation, announced his vision for football in his run-up bid: Ø REVITALIZING THE REPRESENTATION OF MEMBER ASSOCIATIONS TO FIFA. Ø FOCUSING ON GRASSROOT YOUTH DEVELOPMENT IN ASIA. Ø EMPOWERING WOMEN’S FOOTBALL IN ASIA. Ø PROTECTING THE GAME. HRH PRINCE ALI BIN AL HUSSEIN “I present myself to you as a dedicated listener, devoted football fan and a bridge within Asia and beyond’,”...

Now with the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup hosts been decided, the football focus switches to Asia. To be precise all attention will be on the January 6th, 2011 AFC Congress and election in Doha, Qatar. It’s going to be a hot affair, not for the president’s seat which Mohamed bin Hammam has already bagged it with no opposition but there’ll be a ‘battle royale’ for the FIFA Vice-President’s (Asia) post. Korea’s incumbent Dr. Chung Mong Joon, who has held this post for 16 long years, will be up against Prince Ali bin AL Hussein of Jordan. Is the tide going to shift?...

Sepp Blatter, the FIFA president (left) and Prince Ali bin Al Hussein, Jordan FA president, discussed Asian football when they met in Zurich recently. Prince Ali, who is also the West Asia Football Federation president, discussed and exchanged football matters with Blatter specifically related to Jordan and Asia. He expressed his gratitude for FIFA’s support to develop and strengthen football in Jordan and the Asian region. “I’m looking forward to working together with President Blatter, football officials in Asia and the rest of the world for the benefit of the sport,” said Prince Ali. He added: “There’s a lot of room for mutual cooperation...

His side may have ended their long gold medal drought at the South-east Asia Games last year but Malaysia team manager Datuk Subahan Kamal has insisted that his players will be under no pressure to emulate that feat in this year's AFF Suzuki Cup. Malaysia has not reached the final of the Asean region's premier international football tournament since finishing runners-up to Thailand in the inaugural tournament in Singapore in 1996. But while Subahan is keen to see the Tigers capture the elusive title, he admits that it may be too soon for his young side to end their long run of...