KUALA LUMPUR, May 25 — International Federation of Association Football (Fifa) President Gianni Infantino was the surprise feature in a Hari Raya video greeting produced by the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM).
Infantino’s greeting was infused with powerful words of encouragement at a time the world’s most popular sport has been badly hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Break the chain of infection, but harness the power of connection. Everyone keep fighting, discipline yourselves.
“Together in unity, we can do this. Eid Mubarak to all Malaysians,” the Swiss-born Fifa supremo said.
The one-minute 35-second video also features, among others, FAM president Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin; Asian Football Confederation (AFC) secretary-general Datuk Windsor Paul John and Harimau Malaya squad head coach Tan Cheng Hoe.
“In battling this invisible enemy, there must be a strategy. Let us all embrace the new normal,” Hamidin said.
Also conveying their greetings in the video are former national players Shukor Adan and Mohd Safee Sali; women’s futsal player, Intan Sarah Anisah Zulgafli; and several Harimau Malaya players from the current squad such as Mohd Aidil Zafuan Abdul Radzak, Safawi Rasid, Akhyar Rashid, Mohamadou Sumareh, Syafiq Ahmad and Brendan Gan. — Bernama