Tuesday, May 13, 2008


KUCHING, May 13, 2008 (Bernama) - A new full-fledged professional football club focusing solely on winning major football trophies for Sarawak is to be formed soon to revive the dwindling standard of the state's game in major tournaments.

Sarawak Social Development and Urbanisation Minister Datuk Seri William Mawan Ikom said that with the proposed formation of the club, the Football Association of Sarawak (FAS) would take on the new role of mainly implementing the long-term football development programme with his ministry and the Education Department.

"The steering committee has been formed comprising myself, officials from FAS and officials from English Division One club Hartlepool," he told reporters after the State Legislative Assembly sitting today.

Mawan had wound up debate on his ministry at the meeting.

Mawan said the new club was expected to be jointly managed by his ministry and the private sector with a more organised and professional approach.

Declining to say when the club would begin operations, he stressed that the funding as well as the day-to-day operations would be handled by the private sector.

He said the club would comprise five senior players from the existing Super League squad while the rest were expected to be new faces.

On the role of the Hartlepool football club, he said it would provide guidance in terms of football management and ground or field management.

He said the formation of the club would not undermine the role of FAS because it would enable FAS to sort out its own internal problems and at the same time assist in the football development programme such as finding new talents.

Earlier, during the winding-up session for his ministry, he said Sarawak would start identifying new football talents below 16 years of age under the five-year development programme starting next year.

"A comprehensive plan of action will be prepared and submitted to the state cabinet for consideration," he said, adding that the programme would be jointly implemented by the Social Development and Urbanisation Ministry, FAS and the Education Department.

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