Monday, July 16, 2007

Malaysian FA Sultan to call inquiry into Cup failure

Sultan Ahmad Shah, President of the Football Association of Malaysia, said he is planning a massive "overhaul" of the sport's national governing body after Malaysia lost 5-1 to China and 5-0 to Uzbekistan in its opening two AFC Asian Cup matches. "Upon completion of the national team's final match, we will call for an inquiry," the Sultan, who is the ruler of Malaysia's eastern Pahang state, was quoted as saying Monday by Bernama, the national news agency. Shah added that he would not resign from the FAM, though he respected the decision of his son, Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, the FAM's Deputy President, who announced Sunday that he was quitting the association. "I will continue to serve but if there is someone willing to take over, they are welcomed ... I'm not a coward. I'm not going to bow to public outcry."

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