THE long-awaited Sports Ministry National Football Development Programme (NFDP) is finally set to be unveiled on March 8 – (two months later than being planned initially) – after receiving a thumb’s up from the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM).
Minister Khairy Jamaluddin had yesterday presented the plans to the FAM deputy president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah at Shahzan House in Kuala Lumpur and the one-hour meeting went well.
Also present were the football governing body vice president Datuk Afandi Hamzah and Secretary-General Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin.
“Pahang’s Tengku Mahkota was very positive and gave great suggestions,” revealed Khairy.
“We are excited to be working together and Tengku Mahkota conveyed that he would inform the FAM Exco about the plan.”
The blessing from the FAM number two had thus quashed any worries that the two parties cannot be working together following the controversial appointment of its suspended deputy president Tan Sri Annuar Musa to the NFDP committee.
Annuar had subsequently left his post voluntarily, citing there is no individual is bigger than an organisation.
The NFDP will be launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at National Football Academy in Gambang, Pahang on March 8.