Tuesday, 2 March 2021

Working together for betterment of Sarawak football standards

Kudos to Sarawak Sports Cor­po­ra­tion (SSC), Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion of Sarawak (FAS) and Kuching City Football Club (KFC) for entering the col­lab­o­ra­tion agreement which will con­trib­ute to the de­vel­op­ment of our local foot­ball fraternity. I thank them for inviting me to witness the signing ceremony of their Memorandum of Agreement that will formalise their working relationship espcially in developing the standards of our football. 

In my speech, I mentioned that any sport which car­ries the name of Sarawak in pres­ti­gious com­pe­ti­tions should re­ceive as­sis­tance from the govern­ment. As for foot­ball, there are two teams rep­re­sent­ing Sarawak at the Premier League (na­tional sec­ond divi­sion foot­ball com­pe­ti­tion). We must make sure that both teams get the help they need.

I com­mented that the govern­ment, through SSC could help in de­vel­op­ing young tal­ents at grass­roots level and pro­duce high-cal­i­bre play­ers for the teams. SSC could also ease the bur­den of the FAS, who is gov­ern­ing the state foot­ball af­fair. With SSC now in­volved in the foot­ball de­vel­op­ment in Sarawak, FAS can con­cen­trate more on mon­i­tor­ing the per­for­mances of Sarawakian teams com­pet­ing in the Malaysian League while both or­gan­i­sa­tions will need to work to­gether in the de­vel­op­ment at grass­roots level too.

For the record, there are two Sarawakian teams com­pet­ing in the new Premier League sea­son, namely Sarawak United FC and Kuch­ing City FC. With the agreement signed, we hope it will be a be­gin­ning of great things for the de­vel­op­ment of the sport and surely it will also ben­e­fit Sarawakian foot­ball as a whole too.

Such co­op­er­a­tion between SSC, FAS and KFC will help us un­earth and groom more young tal­ents in Sarawak even though SSC also fo­cuses in the de­vel­op­ment of all sports in Sarawak as well. While SSC has con­trib­uted to the de­vel­op­ment of foot­ball in some ways pre­vi­ously, SSC is see­ing an even greater in­volve­ment in the state’s foot­ball de­vel­op­ment start­ing this year.

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