Thursday, October 23, 2008


Penang Will Compete

Thursday October 23, 2008
FA of Penang decide to keep team in Super League
GEORGE TOWN: Penang will continue to feature in the Super League when the new season kicks off in January.

This was the decision taken at the FA of Penang (FAP) second council meeting yesterday and it ended speculations that the cash strapped association would withdraw their team’s participation in the league.

The FAP deputy president, Laurence Loh, who chaired the meeting, said: “’We were urged by the state government to continue with our participation in the league. And with their assurance of support, we will continue to work with them to make Penang a strong team.’’

If Penang had withdrawn their particiaption, they would have been the first State side to drop out of the national league since the HMS Malaya Cup competition was introduced in 1921.

Penang football is now at its lowest ebb with the FA unable to pay players and officials their salaries for more than four months. And their problems resulted in their president, Mohd Fairus Khairuddin, announcing his resignation on Monday.

“We respect and accept his decision to resign and would like to thank him for trying to help us solve our problems despite his tight schedules as Deputy Chief Minister,’’ said Laurence.

“For now, it is for us to hold an EGM (emergency general meeting) to elect a new president and we hope to do it by the end of November.’’

Laurence gave an assurance that they would settle their debts fully, especially the salaries owed to players.
He added that the formation of the team to carry the challenge in the Super League would be done soon and the appointment of the team manager and coach would be the priority.

He also said that they will see through their domestic commitments, among them was to complete their Division 2, Division 3, Under-18 and Under-21 competitions, which were suspended because of financial constraints.

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