SHAH ALAM, Dec 29 — Former Malaysia international and Selangor striker Nizaruddin Yusof has called for drastic change in the FA of Selangor (FAS).
“As a former player, I want Selangor to be in the Super League next season,” said Nizaruddin.
“But FAS need a major revamp, a whole revamp as soon as possible. The people who hold positions in FAS have been in the job for far too long,” he said.
“It’s best to give others with football knowledge and a love for Selangor the opportunity to handle the job,” said Nizaruddin, after a press conference held by Selangor Soccer Fan Club (SSFC) and Selangor Arrogant (SA) yesterday.
The gathering was attended by 60 Selangor fans headed by the SSFC president Haniff Rana Manzor and SA president Hamzah Che Hassan.
The objective of the gathering and press conference was to urge FAS president Datuk Mohamed Azmin Ali to sit with the association’s exco and settle outstanding issues immediately.
Nizaruddin, whose stellar years with Selangor were in the early 2000s, said the chaos in the team needed to be settled soon.
“I’m here for the sake of Selangor football — we need to act soon,” he said.
Nizaruddin revealed a similar situation occurred during his days as a Selangor player.
“There was one time we did not receive our salaries for two or three months. All those faces from those days are still in the association — can you imagine that?” he said.
Selangor’s participation in the Super League next year hangs in the balance, with financial issues plaguing the FAS, following the state government’s decision not to fund the team.
Budgetary constraints have prompted an exodus of players from Selangor, causing the FAS to set themselves the demeaning target of avoiding relegation next year.