KUCHING: The Sarawak Football Association (FAS) and Football Management Group (FMG) Sdn Bhd received their sponsorship from LEA Sports Centre yesterday for the upcoming 2010 season.
The sponsorship which came in the form of the team’s game, training and travelling attire has been the successful collaboration between LEA Sports Centre and Adidas.
The historical sponsorship which took place at the Sarawak stadium saw Lea Holding’s Managing Director, Raymond Sim, and Chairman of FAS FMG Sdn Bhd, Datu Sudarsono Othman, witnessed by the players and officials from both parties.
Lea Sports Centre who has been the team’s official sponsors since 1990 believes that their contribution will be able to reduce the financial burden of the state football club which augers well for the progress and development of football in Sarawak.
Meanwhile, the 2010 Premier League which kicks off this Monday, will see Sarawak’s first home match at the Sarawak stadium against Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) at 8.15pm.
“We hope that this season we will be able to at least get a top four finish to qualify to the Malaysia Cup,” said Sudarsono of the initial target for the state team which was determined after their friendly matches played in peninsular Malaysia.
In the friendlies, Sarawak went down 0-2 to Selangor, was edged by KL Plus 3-4, drew 0-0 against Melaka and Kuala Lumpur and came home with a 1-0 win over PKNS Selangor.
Sudarsono however admitted that it is still early for the management to predict how far and well the state team will go this season and promised that the team will be further reviewed in mid season.
He believes with the signing of six local imports to complete the 22 men squad, plus the signing of the experienced Zaki Sheikh Ahmad, a former Negeri Sembilan coach, the road to success for the state team can be realised sooner than expected.
In the latest development, FAS FMG Sdn Bhd will start selling corporate tickets for the whole season of the Malaysian League at only RM1000 and will be limited to only 80 sets.
The benefits according to them will be the special privileges such as the indoor carpark, refreshment and a special seating area.