PETALING JAYA: The FA of Malaysia (FAM) will not deprive local fans of “live” telecasts of M-League matches despite the advertising ban on main sponsors, Dunhill.
FAM deputy president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah said they were prepared to work out arrangements with other corporate bodies and private companies.
“We hope all parties concerned will help promote sports and chip in to continue providing viewers with 'live' telecasts of local matches. We received complaints on why there was no 'live' telecast of the Charity Shield match on Feb 9. I hope the TV stations, too, will help provide a service to the fans,'' said Tengku Abdullah after launching the FAM Academies' RM250,000 three-year sponsorship deal with Admiral, Milo and Power at the Wisma FAM in Kelana Jaya yesterday
The FAM's contract with Dunhill expires at the end of 2004 and plans are underway to find new partners.
“We are already looking for new sponsors and I appeal to private companies to come forward and support sports bodies,'' said Tengku Abdullah.
He said there would be a change from next year in the way the academies with schools being given a bigger role to play.
The eight schools involved with the programme are SM Gunung Rapat in Ipoh, SM Tinggi in Malacca, SM Bandar Penawar in Kota Tinggi, SM Sultan Abu Bakar in Kuantan, SM Sultan Suleiman in Kuala Terengganu, SMK Putera in Kota Baru, SM Menggatal in Kota Kinabalu and SM Tabuan Jaya in Kuching.