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Hamid Apdal at the press conferencel. SNT Pix/Zakaria Damit

KOTA KINABALU: Businessman, Haji Hamid Apdal today announced his candidacy for one of the deputy president posts in the Sabah Football Association (Safa) annual ongress this Saturday.

Hamid, 53 who had initially offered his service for the top post changed his mind and instead opt to go for the number two post heeding to the advice from his older brother and Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.

“I am heeding my brother’s advice that there is no use to go on (becoming the president) if you cannot give full time to concentrate on the job. It is not that I don’t want to proceed.

“However, it would be better if the president post is hold by someone who can give more time and focus on the tasks to bring Sabah football to a higher pedestal,” he said in a press conference at his residence in Petagas.

Meanwhile, Hamid also laid out his manifesto, which is basically a strategic planning to develop football in Sabah.

He said that if elected he aimed to revive the football leagues in all the six Safa zones in the state as well as to unearth more football talent from the rural areas.

“All this while many talent in the rural areas, especially have yet to be unearthed probably due to lack of activities there,” he said.

Citing that he is neutral and not part of any “group” in the contest, Hamid hoped delegates would choose wisely with maturity the candidates they want to lead Safa.

“They should not vote for a candidate simply because he is a friend but they need to consider if the person would really be able to dedicate his full time for the association and able to come up with a sound financial plan to get funding for Safa,” he said.

Asked on his take on the two candidates for president, Hamid said both of them have potential but then again he said in line with the Chief Minister’s advice, the best choice would be someone who is able to spare his full time to do the job.

He also hoped that after the association office bearers’ election all the candidates, win or lose, will close ranks and work together for the benefit of Safa.

The two candidates for the top post this Saturday were former vice president, Datuk Yusoff Kassim who is currently carrying out the duty as acting president and former secretary-general, Datuk Alijus Sipil.

While Hamid would be involved in a four-cornered contest with Datuk Abdul Rahman Zakaria, Datuk James Wong and Fredoline Penggo.

The president post was left vacant following resignation of Tan Sri Musa Aman in May, while the two deputy president posts were also vacant following the resignation of Datuk Lawrence Gimbang and the death of Datuk Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan.-SabahNewsToday


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