Five key components to drive Selangor FA transformation
BY ZULHILMI ZAINAL Follow on Twitter
Over the past weekend, the Selangor FA (FAS) held a workshop on the future of the association, which was participated by its board members, members of the Malaysian footballing fraternity, former Selangor players, state government officials, corporate figures as well as key supporters.
The closing stage of the workshop's final day on Monday, held in Shah Alam, was also attended by the Malaysian FA (FAM) president Dato' Hamidin Amin, Football Malaysia LLP CEO Kevin Ramalingam, as well as the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, who is also the father of new FAS president Tengku Amir Shah.
Speaking to the press on Monday, newly-appointed FAS secretary-general Johan Kamal Hamidon explained that the workshop focussed on five components.
"The event drew around 120 participants from the state government, FAM, coorperations, fan clubs as well as former players.
"We were able to decide on a total of 23 initiatives that will be implemented, which fall under five major components; administration, the first team, infrastructure, development, and revenue generation and management. These initiatives will run in the next five years.
"All these must be implemented concurrently, but one that will be touched on the soonest is our first team. We will be looking at the head coach, form a high-performance support staff to help the players in terms of the medical aspect, strength and conditioning and rehabilitation.
"We also want to establish a training ground, as well as form relationships with the private sector for the coming season," he explained.
Johan Kamal Hamidon. Photo by Zulhilmi Zainal
Johan also provided the preliminary timelines for some of these components, when asked by Goal.
"We have certain targets to be met; for example we want to reach the Asian stage in three years. Revenue generation meanwhile must begin next year.
"The training centre; the excellence centre, however takes longer, maybe five years. The components have differing timelines depending on the financial requirements and the amount of work that needs to be put in," noted the former amateur league administrator.
When asked by Goal about his plan to convince the long-serving FAS executive council (exco) members in the course of implementing the changes, considering that he and Tengku Amir are relative newcomers in Malaysia's professional football, Johan responded that he relies on his boss' ability to inspire others.
"As a secretary-general, I'm very lucky to have a president who is very committed and sincere," he said. "Tengku Amir took part in all three days of the workshop; brainstorming, arguing and debating on the issues.
"Although the two of us are newcomers, but the exco members were able to see their new president's commitment, and that has given them hope for the future. God willing, we can implement the changes with Tengku Amir's leadership."
Tengku Amir, who is also the crown prince of the state of Selangor, officially took over the post of FAS president on July 3, from his predecessor Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal who resigned.
One week later, secretary-general Rosman Ibrahim, honorary treasurer Datuk S. Sivasundram and vice presidents Datuk Lim Thean Sheang and Nizam Sani also stepped down from their posts.
Johan and another associate of Tengku Amir, Izhar Moslim were appointed to fill the two vacant vice president posts by FAS, with Johan also taking over as secretary-general.
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