Manchester City collaboration will happen, pledges Syed Saddiq

Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.

KUALA LUMPUR: The youth and sports ministry will ensure that the proposed collaboration with the owner of English Premier League champions Manchester City will come true.

Its minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman said last Thursday’s meeting with the English club’s representatives also involved National Sports Council (NSC) director-general Ahmad Shapawi Ismail and CIMB chief executive officer Tengku Zafrul Aziz.

“I was not alone at the meeting. My officers and Manchester City officials were also there. They heard (about the proposed club purchase) and before the press conference, I told them about speaking on the two matters. It was agreed.

“Some people simply could not accept it. But it’s okay. It means that we have to work hard to deliver, not just that, but also in terms of future collaboration with the National Football Development Programme (NFDP) and Mokhtar Dahari Academy (MDA).

“What I want is for everyone regardless of disagreements to come together to build Malaysian football,” he said today.

Syed Saddiq explained that because of last-minute arrangements, representatives from the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) could not attend the meeting with the CEO of Manchester City, Ferran Soriano.

After the meeting, Syed Saddiq had told the press that the owner of Manchester City was considering the possibility of buying one of the football clubs in Malaysia.

He said it was one of two initial plans discussed by the ministry and the Manchester City delegation led by Soriano when they met at the KBS Tower here.