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PETALING JAYA, April 8 -- In conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the Malaysia Cup this year, the Malaysian Football League (MFL) plan to host an ‘extraordinary’ celebration to look back on the fans’ wonderful memories about the prestigious local football competition.
MFL chief executive officer Datuk Ab Ghani Hassan said the Malaysia League (M-League) governing body planned to double their efforts to promote the tournament by holding Malaysia Cup mega exhibitions in schools, selected venues like shopping malls as well as through the digital platform.
“We want the society to recall the historic value of the Malaysia Cup, such as the list of teams who have participated and the football legends who used to grace the tournament. We will try to do something extraordinary this year,” he said during a get-together with the media at the MFL headquarters in Kelana Jaya today.
Previously, the MFL only promoted the Malaysia Cup through the media platforms, including the social media of the M-League governing body, apart from the role of the sponsors in contributing to enlivening the tournament.
Ab Ghani, however, said the anniversary celebration would depend on the country’s COVID-19 pandemic situation.
Known as the Malaya Cup in 1921, the competition that is considered the oldest in Asia then changed its name to the HMS Malaya Cup in 1933 before it was renamed the Malaysia Cup in 1967.
Selangor hold the record as the most successful team in the history of the Malaysia Cup, having won it 33 times.
Meanwhile, Ab Ghani hoped that the FA Cup competition could resume next season after being cancelled for two straight years to ease the fixture load of the M-League following the COVID-19 pandemic.
He is confident that there will be space to include the FA Cup back into the schedule in 2022 since there won’t be any 2022 World Cup/2023 Asian Cup qualifiers, other than the usual tournaments, like the AFC Champions League and AFC Cup.