FAM form body to stop the rot

PETALING JAYA: After trying so many programmes only to meet failure after failure, the FA of Malaysia (FAM) will soon be forming a high-powered consultative committee to see why their well-laid plans have all gone wrong. 

The consultative committee will consist of Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, ministers from Youth and Sports Ministry and Education Ministry; experts in football and representatives of FAM. 

FAM deputy president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, speaking during the close of the FIFA Com-Unity Course yesterday, said: “The consultative will meet every six months to discuss the problems and why the plans we implement fail to produce the desired results. 

“Implementation has been our biggest problem. We have a structure similar to FIFA, the world governing body. But every time we implement a programme, it does not work. 

“We need the input of the consultative committee because FAM simply can't do it alone. It's very straight forward actually. We need everyone to chip in to make sure there is improvement in the local football scene. 

“The specifics of the consultative committee will be known once we have our first meeting,” he said. 

Meanwhile, the three-day Com-Unity Course provided several recommendations to improve the standards of the local football scene. 

Among them were the hiring of a national technical director, creation of working group for youth development in states and academies, better co-ordination and co-operation with state coaches and integration of women's football into FAM. 

Other aspects were the establishment of a road map as well as re-assessment of all aspects which includes competition system, coaching education, administration and management. 

The media aspects recommended were improvements in FAM's website, the creation of state FA websites, improvements in working conditions in stadiums and the appointment of media officers at FAM and state level. 

The FAM have been advised to evaluate the commercial structure of M-League, create a marketing department, and develop a merchandising and licensing strategy. 

FAM have been also been told to re-assess their scheduling to attract younger age-groups and to attract more female fans and families. 

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