PUTRAJAYA: The Youth and Sports Ministry is hoping to collaborate with world-renowned City Football Group (CFG).
Established in May 2013, CFG is the owner of football-related businesses in major cities around the world, including football clubs, academies, technical support and marketing companies.
The group has owned and operated clubs in three continents – Manchester City in the English Premier League, New York City Football Club in Major League Soccer and Melbourne City of the A-League.
CFG also has investments in J-League’s Yokohama Marinos, Club Athletico Torque in Uruguay, Girona in La Liga and Sichuan Jiuniu in China League 2.
Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman said that if everything goes to plan, it could benefit the National Football Development Programme (NFDP).
“Everything is at an early stage now since this is our first meeting. I see this collaboration as a chance to internationalise the Mokhtar Dahari Academy in Gambang where we can have trainees from other countries,” said Syed Saddiq yesterday.
“This collaboration will not overlap with the development initiatives taken by the Football Association of Malaysia. Instead, it can be something that supplements other programmes.”
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