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Misbun leaves BAM

Posted: 28 Apr 2011 10:14 AM PDT

2011/04/28
By K.M. Boopathy


Misbun Sidek, seen here at a function on Sunday where his former protege Lee Chong Wei was also present, has decided to not accept BAM’s offer.

Misbun Sidek, seen here at a function on Sunday where his former protege Lee Chong Wei was also present, has decided to not accept BAM's offer.

MISBUN Sidek has officially parted ways with the BA of Malaysia (BAM) after eight years as the national singles coach as he rejected a new offer from the association yesterday.

Misbun sent a letter to BAM president Datuk Nadzmi Salleh on Wednesday informing him of his decision and it was unanimously accepted by the executive council (Exco) meeting yesterday.

BAM deputy president Tengku Kamil Ismail Tengku Idris Shah, who chaired the Exco meeting in the absence of Nadzmi, said although Misbun's decision was surprising, the Exco members respected Misbun's stand.


Misbun was offered the job of coaching several back-up squad players, including his son Misbun Ramdan, and an elite player but the former decided not to further associate himself with BAM after serving as the national singles coach since 2003.

"Misbun sent a letter to the president stating he has rejected BAM's offer yesterday (Wednesday) and unanimously, the Exco respects and accepts his decision," said Tengku Kamil.

"He didn't state any reason for rejecting the offer.


"I was quite surprised that he came to the decision. Misbun has contributed so much to BAM and the development of badminton over the years and we thank him for his services."

Exco member Datuk Sayed Abu Bakar Abdullah said Misbun should have accepted the contract.

"I feel that Misbun should have accepted the position and use the opportunity to produce new top class players," said Abu Bakar, who is also the Terengganu BA president.


"Lee Chong Wei is a special talent who doesn't need much mentoring at this stage but Misbun's expertise is needed to groom the back-up players.

"Misbun's move was a surprise because it has taken almost four months before he arrived to this conclusion."

Ramdan will remain with the back-up squad under Hendrawan as Misbun didn't make any request for his son to leave BAM.

Meanwhile, the recently retired Wong Mew Choo has accepted an offer to become the girls singles coach of the national junior squad and she will begin her duties on Monday.

The Exco also decided to postpone BAM's Annual General Meeting (AGM) on May 14 as the appointed auditing firm failed to audit the accounts.

However, an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) will be held on the same day to elect the second deputy president and also appoint a new auditing firm.

Maybank Group president and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar is expected to be elected unopposed.

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Proposal to reduce MSL to 12 teams

Posted: 28 Apr 2011 08:45 AM PDT

THE Super League may be reduced to 12 teams next season with each side able to hire as many as three foreign players in proposals to the FA of Malaysia executive committee.

FAM deputy president Tan Sri Annuar Musa said radical changes are needed to elevate the M-League to Asian standard and allow Malaysian teams to play in the AFC Champions League.

"All this while, the M-League has been professional in name only. From a management standpoint, we have yet to meet the standards set by AFF (Asean Football Federation) and AFC (Asian Football Council)," said Annuar after chairing a MSL committee meeting at Wisma FAM in Petaling Jaya yesterday.


"We have made several recommendations to the FAM exco to raise the standard of the M-League and to improve the management of teams.

"One of the main suggestions is to sever the link between teams and their respective state FAs. The management must be independent, I don't know about others, but Kelantan is already moving in that direction.

"In the next three years, we will assist state FAs to create a professional management and help in attracting sponsors through proper marketing."


Annuar, who is also Kelantan FA president, stressed state FAs cannot go on relying on FAM forever and must view themselves as a professional body in dealing with matters on and off the pitch.

On the return of foreign players, shut out since 2009, he said: "The players must be of sufficient quality and not just be filling quotas."

At least one of the imports must be a player of Asean origin in a bid to attract fans from regional countries to view the M-League.


The reduction of the number of teams in the Super League will likely involve a playoff at the end of the season featuring the bottom four teams in the Super League and top two from the Premier League. -- DEVINDER SINGH

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