Malaysian FA receives US$3.6 govt 'youth' subsidy

The Football Association of Malaysia has received RM 12.317 million (US3.6 million) from the National Sports Council to assist its football development programs during 2007. "I find that football is the most popular sport in our country and I foresee that with the signing of the agreement, the FAM and the NSC indirectly will be able to cooperate in a closer manner. Football is also one of the core sports and numerous joint committees have been set up. It is hoped that football will rise to a higher level," said Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said, a witness to the agreemnent.

RM521,500 is allocated for the second-liner squad program, RM3 million for the respective State Football Academies, RM600,000 for coaching, RM280,000 for the development of women's football, and RM750,000 for the high-performance training program at Brickendonbury in London, England. Meanwhile, the elite U-23 squad will receive RM300,000 to prepare for the AFC Asia Cup 2007 and RM600,000 for preparation for the South East Asian Games.

FAM General Secretary Datuk Seri Dr Ibrahim Saad told Bernama that the allocation will be utilised in the best manner possible especially for the talent scouting programs at the grassroots level.