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Monday October 21, 2013 MYT 4:56:00 PM
Monday October 21, 2013 MYT 6:52:46 PM
by martin carvalho
KUALA LUMPUR: Some 10,000 budding footballers will be targeted for training under the National Football Development Plan which will be unveiled soon said Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.
He said the national football development plan, which would be announced next month, would cover several aspects of the game and includes participation of youths nationwide between seven to 17 years old.
"We want to ensure that youths with talent do not go unnoticed and are included in the national football development plan," he said when replying a question by Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim in the Dewan Rakyat Monday.
He added that Lim Teong Kim, a former national footballer and assistant coach of Germany's Bayern Munich under-19 team, was appointed as football development director and would spearhead the national football development plan.
Besides regaining the stature of nation's football golden era under Mohktar Dahari and Soh Chin Aun, he said that among the goal of the development plan was too see Malaysia qualify for the Youth World Cup in 2019.
Earlier, Khairy said that although football development was under the purview of the Football Association of Malaysia, the Ministry provided annual allocation of RM300,000 to national senior football team since 2000 while RM5mil was channelled to the Harimau Muda A and B teams since 2005.
He also said that RM12.23mil was spent under the National Football Development Programme from 2010 to September this year.
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