Tuesday, May 19, 2009


KUCHING, May 19, 2009 (Bernama) -- The Ministry of Social Development and Urbanization has estimated an expenditure of RM3 million or RM600,000 annually for the state's five-year football development plan, its minister Datuk William Mawan said today.

He said the development plan aimed to achieve the following targets -- Malaysia Games (Sukma) 2012 (quarter-finals), Sukma 2014 (final), President/Youth Cup 2012 (quarter-finals), President/Youth Cup 2013 (final) and a strong senior team for the Malaysia League in 2014.

"The success will depend largely on the availability of budget and sponsors and I, therefore, urge both the government and corporate sectors to contribute generously towards these programmes," he said in his winding-up speech at the State Legislative Assembly sitting here.

Mawan said the plan included setting up the Sarawak Football Development Steering Committee (SFDSC), putting the Sarawak Sports Council to be in charge of football development in the State, while the Football Association of Sarawak (FAS) would now concentrate on the senior team and the Malaysia League.

He also said the youth team (currently playing in the President Cup under 20) would be placed directly under the Sarawak Sports Council which would groom them up to become the backbone players for the Senior Team.

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