PASIR GUDANG: Premier I’s Johor FC, in their aim to become the best football club in the country have not only increased their budget to RM3 million for the new season but they have also taken a giant step towards whipping up fan support.
The Johor FC Fan Club received an overwhelming response when they made a membership drive during a Hari Raya do for the team at Pusat Bandar here yesterday.
The membership fee is RM40 and it comes with an exclusive fan club T-shirt.
Members will also get a 30% discount on tickets for home matches and as high as a 50% cut for away matches.
The Johor FC president, Ahamad Mohamad said that they hoped to have about 1,000 new members for the new season and from the response they received yesterday, he was confident of achieving the target.
“We will leave no stones unturned in our bid to make a name for ourselves as the best football club in the country,” said Ahamad.
“We are looking at all aspects – management, fans and other things. The Johor FC fans will have an identity of their own and they will stand out among the crowd. The fan club’s T-shirts will not be sold elsewhere.”
The team’s training for the new season goes into today. Foreign players Jon Angelucci and Ivan Ziga and the club’s technical and coaching director, Ronald Smith, arrived late last night after spending Christmas and New Year with their families in Australia.
Ziga is Johor FC’s new signing while Angelucci is into his second season with the team.
The duo are from Australian National Football League’s Sydney United.
Johor FC have strengthened the team for the new season with the signing of three former internationals – utility player Zami Mohd Noor, midfielder Tuan Kamree Tuan Yahya and striker Azmi Mohamed.
Goalkeeper Mohd Sany Fahmi, a national trainee, is also in the Johor FC ranks to give the team depth in every department.
“There is an increase in our budget for the new season because we have hired Smith,” said Ahamad.
Johor FC are the first club side in the country to have a technical and coaching director.
Smith, who held the same post with the FA of Malaysia (FAM) until June last year, is no newcomer to Johor FC. He coached the team in the 1997 and 1998 seasons before he left to join the FAM.