Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Malaysian League may be privatised in 2011

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian League may be privatised in 2011 if the problems that plagued contending teams continue to persist next year.

Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) secretary-general Datuk Azzuddin Ahmad cited the problems as financial woes (staff and players’ salaries), a drop in the quality of the game and a dwindling audience.

“The Malaysian League’s next season will be the FAM’s last battle to find our way out of the quagmire.

“As a result, we have introduced additional conditions to contending teams,” he told Bernama.

Among them, the teams would have to pay a deposit to the FAM and produce proof of their financial standing that would enable them to compete in the current season and the next one.

Contenders in the Super League have to fork out RM150,000 while those in the Premier League have to pay RM100,000.

Super League contenders must prove that they have RM2.5mil in their accounts while that of the Premier League, RM1.5mil. “If all conditions are meet and the teams take serious views of the conditions, the future of soccer in Malaysia is bright,” he said.

Asked why the FAM had to wait until 2011 to privatise the league, he said it was due to “Malaysian culture.”

“Malaysians like to have a dialogue first and only after enough time is given, they will go to the next stage before an action is taken,” he said.

Azzuddin called on state affiliates to use the time left to fill up their coffers and take initiatives to beef up their financial standing.

*Taken from The Star Online

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