Whoever will be KAFA president will be known on Saturday
Last Update: 04/07/2019
By Azli Shafii
KOTA BHARU, July 4 (Bernama) -- The puzzle on the candidate to lead the Kelantan Football Association (KAFA) in place of Bibi Ramjani Ilias Khan, who had resigned, will be known on Saturday at the Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of the association.
Based on the latest list of candidates received by KAFA, businessman Datuk Seri Amril Aiman Ab Aziz is expected to be challenged by two politicians in the state namely vice-president of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman and chairman of Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) Kelantan Wan Abdul Rahim Wan Abdullah.
The nomination of the two politicians reflected that several district football associations (PBJ) wanted KAFA to be led by politicians after they were seen to be more successful in leading the association when the appointment the Member of Parliament for Ketereh, Tan Sri Annuar Musa led KAFA to the extent of enabling the Kelantan team to emerge as double champions in the year 2012.
However, for several PBJs or individuals, they still believed in the abilities of businessmen by nominating Amril Aiman to continue the legacy of Bibi Ramjani previously which eventually gave a negative effect to KAFA and the Kelantan team.
However, according to the views of several individuals who were directly involved in the football sport, the politicians or businessmen had their respective advantages.
Former national and Kelantan player in the 70s era, Afandi Yusof said the PBJ or any other group involved in the election must make a correct decision because the election of the KAFA leadership depended very much on their votes.
"Choose individuals who can give various contributions whether in terms of funds, opinions and so on to bring back the image of Kelantan football in the Malaysian League (Liga-M) competition.
"Avoid choosing individuals who only wanted positions for personal interests to the extent of affecting the management of the Kelantan team,” he said when contacted by Bernama.
Afandi said that as a former player, any individual is qualified to lead an organisation as long as he could manage the association or team well.
"Maybe the politicians and businessmen have their own planning to overcome any issue previously such as the arrears of players’ and officials’ salaries, welfare, debts and looking for funds.
"Businessmen who are willing to accept nomination probably have their own funds to manage the team, similarly with the politicians who may have the capacity to use a little of their political influence to bring funds to the association,” he said.
Meanwhile, former KAFA secretary-general Datuk Ismail Md Noor said he also shared the view that politicians and businessmen had their own strengths.
"Politicians will use their influence, political position to look for funds, but it must be remembered that their influence and position are not the same besides sponsoring for a short period of one or two seasons.
Similarly, businessmen had contacts in the business network which could help in strengthening the association's fund although they did not have influence or position, he said.
He said the new president and exco line-up must work hard to get enough funds to manage the association and team.
"The football managements currently need considerable funds to form a good team to get the services of quality players, to pay players salaries, debts and so on.
"On management experience, this will come slowly because we must trust the candidates to have management experience which can be used in managing the team later,” he said.
In conclusion, all candidates have equal chances to fill the number one slot in the association involved and the decision whether it is the politician or businessman winning the contest depends on the votes of the PBJ and the parties involved.
The EGM this time will also see a three-cornered contest for the post of deputy president namely involving Acting President of KAFA Datuk Seri Afandi Hamzah, Mohamad Yusri Ismail and Datuk Seri Mohd Zumridi Tambi.