Sanusi heads Kedah FA

KEDAH Menteri Besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor was officially elected as the new Kedah FA (KFA) president in yesterday’s extraordinary general meeting (EGM) in Alor Star. Sanusi was the sole candidate nominated for the post. Former national player Radhi Mat Din returned unopposed for the deputy post. The post comes with huge responsibilities for Sanusi considering that Kedah, who play in the Super League, are facing financial woes. It is learnt that their players have not received their salaries for several months. “I hope everyone at KFA, including the affiliates,…

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Manager arrested by MACC over import of player

A MANAGER of a public university football club in Selangor has been remanded for three days until tomorrow to assist the investigation into allegations of abuse of power. The remand order was issued by Magistrate Ellyana Othman at the Shah Alam Court Complex yesterday to enable the investigation to be conducted under Section 23 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009. The 42-year-old was arrested at the MACC office in Shah Alam on Wednesday. The suspect, who is also a youth and sports officer at the university, is alleged…

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Luqman, wanted in Asia and Europe

Luqman Hakim Shamsudin is expected to be with his Belgian club, KV Kortrijk soon, the striker will fly back to rejoin the Malaysian team preparing for the AFC Under-19 Championship in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in October. Luqman, who has made the Guardian’s annual list of Next Generation’s 60 of the world’s best young talents, is currently making arrangement to travel to Belgium to join Division One A side KV Kortrijk. FAM secretary general Stuart Ramalingam said yesterday the national association are confident Luqman will return to Kuala Lumpur in September to train with…

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'Freakish' Greenwood is Man Utd's new baby-faced assassin

Manchester United have spent more than £1 billion (US$1.2 billion) on new players over the past nine years but the Red Devils latest revival owes much to a home-grown superstar in 18-year-old academy graduate Mason Greenwood. The young forward was the star of the show as United scored five goals in the Premier League at Old Trafford for the first time since 2011 against Bournemouth at the weekend. Greenwood smashed high into the Bournemouth net, first with his left foot and then with his right as free-flowing United won 5-2…

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Tension mounts in Premier League relegation battle

Tension is mounting at the bottom of the Premier League as the fight to avoid relegation heads towards a dramatic conclusion. With just five games left, rock bottom Norwich are seven points from safety and are sliding towards the Championship. Bournemouth and Aston Villa, who currently fill the remaining two places in the relegation zone, are locked in a four-team battle for survival with fellow strugglers Watford and West Ham. AFP Sport takes a closer look at the teams scrapping to preserve their top-flight status: Thrashed 5-2 at Manchester United…

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Griezmann stars against Villarreal as Barca keep title hopes alive

Antoine Griezmann answered his critics in style on Sunday by scoring with a sensational chip as Barcelona thrashed Villarreal 4-1 to keep their faint La Liga title hopes alive. After the humiliation of being brought on in the 90th minute against his former club Atletico Madrid, Griezmann was back in the starting line-up at La Ceramica and repaid the faith with a stunning goal, teed up by Lionel Messi. “It was the kind of goal only great players can score,” said Barcelona coach Quique Setien. “He played a spectacular match.”…

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Foreign attachments: Good for coaches, bad for players

MALAYSIA should not send their youth footballers for attachments with clubs overseas as it would be a waste of time and at the expense of their education. This was stated by former Mokhtar Dahari Academy (AMD) technical director Lim Teong Kim on the issue of football development in the country. He said while it is good for coaches to be attached with foreign clubs, it won’t work for youth players. “If you talk about sending coaches for attachments, that’s alright. Just like what we did with QPR, we sent five…

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M-League teams closer to kick-off

THE M-League is set to restart sooner than expected as teams are likely be allowed to conduct full-contact training later this month. A proposal on the resumption of full-contact training for teams and combat sports will be tabled at the ministers’ special meeting on the Movement Control Order on July 9, said Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican yesterday. The minister said he will also propose for the resumption of competitions for selected non-contact sports (individual events, motorsports, extreme sports and recreational activities). Both proposals are subject to…

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Messi scores 700th goal

Lionel Messi scored his 700th career goal but Barcelona suffered another blow to their La Liga title hopes after a 2-2 draw with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday. Messi chipped in a penalty to reach another astonishing milestone at Camp Nou but twice Atletico hit back with spot-kicks of their own, Saul Niguez converting both after Barca took an early lead through Diego Costa’s own goal. The result gives Real Madrid the chance to move four points clear at the top of the table if they can overcome Getafe at home…

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Singaporean Hariss's legacy is in Malaysia

Hariss Harun may be a Singaporean but it is across the Causeway that the footballer has left his footprints. One of the most skilful Singaporeans to make an impact in Malaysian football since Fandi Ahmad, Hariss has done well to earn the captain’s armband of Super League champions Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT). The 29-year-old midfielder, who joined the Southern Tigers in 2014, said he wants his football exploits in Malaysia to be a story that he can share with his children and someday, his grandchildren. Two weeks ago, Hariss and…

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