KOTA KINABALU: The state government through the Sabah Football Association (SAFA) is committed and gives its best effort in improving the quality of the state football players.
The Chief Minister cum SAFA President, Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman, said the organization has utilized a large sum of funds to ensure the state team, Sabah Rhinos, have highly talented and skilled players.
“Football is a popular sports and more expensive if compared to others.
“SAFA spent RM7 million to RM8 million annually where we need to pay RM10,000 to RM20,000 or more for just one player,” he said during the DUN Assembly.
He was responding to Tuan Limus Jury (Kuala Penyu) on the plans to improve football sports in the state.
Musa also stressed that the state government needs to expense funds for other sports other than football and develop sports complex facilities across the state.
“Due to the unsatisfactory quality of football in Sabah, many supporters are dissatisfied, giving rise to perception that the state government especially SAFA do not perform well,” he added.
He also calls for parents to encourage their children talented in football to take part in programmes and activities provided by the government to hone these young talents. –SayangSabah