Ultra-modern HQ in Putrajaya to honour late president

Hands on: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob operating the excavator during the ground-breaking ceremony. — Bernama

PETALING JAYA: A new home with a new name.

The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) will move their headquarters from Kelana Jaya to Putrajaya and it will be named the Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Complex.

FAM’s president Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin said the complex, which will be completed in 2025, will have state-of-the-art facilities.

There will also be an additional 13-acre National Training Centre (NTC) just 2km from the headquarters.

The ground-breaking ceremony is expected to be held in March.

The new building which sits on a three-acre land will be equipped with office facilities, auditorium, seminar room, merchandise store, video assistant referee (VAR) room, hall of fame room and futsal arena.

“It goes along with the demands of modern football and we believe it will enhance the growth of the game,” said Hamidin yesterday.

The cost of the project is estimated to be around RM30mil.

“Apart from being an iconic place it will also be a centre for the development of our national team and grassroot programmes. Work will start this year,” added Hamidin.

“We want to make sure that we have everything in place in the next 20 years, at least.”

On top of that, developer One Lagoon Development Sdn Bhd will build a service apartment on another three-acre land in collaboration with Syarikat Perumahan Negara Berhad (SPNB).

The current FAM building in Kelana Jaya would be managed by the Malaysian Football League (MFL).

Hamidin said the idea behind the complex was first mooted by the late Sultan Ahmad Shah, who was the president from 1984 to 2014.

“When the complex is done, at least the name of a supreme leader will be forever linked to Malaysian football,” said Hamidin.

“When Tuanku decided to step down in 2014, I realised that the country has lost a figure who truly loved the game.

“I proposed to FAM to buy the land and make his Majesty’s dream (of building a new complex) a reality.”

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