Sime Darby FC, New Kid On the Block in Malaysian Football Scene
KUALA LUMPUR, 4 March 2010 – Local football fans will be soon be able to see a new kid on the block in the Malaysian football scene, Sime Darby Football Club (Sime Darby F.C), parade its skills in the FAM League 2010.
Backed by Sime Darby Berhad, one of Malaysia’s largest conglomerates, Sime Darby F.C will open its campaign in the FAM League against Kelab Sukan Bolasepak UiTM on 7 March 2010.
The entry of Sime Darby F.C, formed on 22 January 2010, will not only set a new benchmark for Malaysian football but also see the injection of more professionalism into the local football scene.
“We intend to inject more professionalism in the local football scene through high standards of football management in Sime Darby F.C. We will also instill a high degree of professionalism and commitment in the players to ensure on-field performance,” said Dato’ Sri Mohamed Sulaiman, Chairman of Sime Darby F.C during the unveiling of the football club’s logo today.
The logo was unveiled in front of more than 100 invited guests, which included Sime Darby’s senior management personnel as well as officials from the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) and Kuala Lumpur Football Association (KLFA).
Dato’ Sri Mohamed said Sime Darby would also like to set a benchmark to other Malaysian football teams in terms of ensuring players’ welfare. “We will ensure that their future will be taken care of after they stop playing competitive football.
“During off-season, we will provide two months of practical training to the players in any one of Sime Darby’s six operating divisions. They can learn skills such as electrical, electronics and mechanical,” he added.
Dato’ Sri Mohamed is no stranger to the Malaysian football scene, being involved in the affairs of the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) since 1984. Another experienced hand in Sime Darby F.C is its Team Manager, YM Tengku Datuk Seri Ahmad Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah, who was the former Selangor State Team Manager for several seasons.
Sime Darby F.C Head Coach is Ismail Zakaria, who is the former Technical Director of Selangor State team. He will be assisted by two former Malaysian internationals, Abdul Ghani Malik (Assistant Coach) and Shaharuddin Ahmad Mokshinon (Goalkeeper Coach).
Sime Darby FC has signed up 23 professional and two amateur contract players since last year. This season’s line-up consists of several state players – Mohd Faizal Mohd Esahar (Perlis), A.Varathan (Perak), Mohd Faiz Mohd Isa (Negeri Sembilan), Mohd Hafizulldin (Pahang), Farkhis Fisol (Penang) and an experienced goalkeeper – Mohamed Redzuan Harun (Proton FC). The most notable names in team are the two former Malaysian players, Mohd Nor Ismail (Captain) and Mohizam Shah Dawood Shah (Striker).
Dato’ Sri Mohamed said Sime Darby F.C hopes to be the nucleus of the national football team in the near future by having at least three or four members of its squad donning the national jerseys.
“We hope to do well in the FAM League and get promoted to the Super League within two years. We believe we can achieve this as we have the right coach, players and coaching methods,” he added.
The FAM League is the third tier football league in Malaysia after the Premier League and Super League. Besides Sime Darby F.C and Kelab Sukan Bolasepak UiTM, six other teams are also participating in the FAM League.
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