No President's Cup tournament in 2013?

UPDATE 11pm: From Bernama;

The FA of Malaysia (FAM) is not allowing club sides to compete in the President's Cup tournament from 2013 to 2016.

FAM vice-president Datuk Afandi Hamzah said this decision was made by FAM's Executive Council recently and was aimed at giving more opportunities to states to produce back up players for their respective teams. 

"The President's Cup next season will be limited to 16 teams including two invited teams which are the Bukit Jalil and Bandar Penawar sports schools and will be played on the league format."


"Nope, we've not heard of such a thing. As far as we're concerned the tournament will still be held and even if anyone decides on such a matter, it must be tabled before the Exco and we will collectively discuss about it before a decision can be made."

Those were the words of FA of Malaysia vice president Subahan Kamal when contacted yesterday. Subahan was contacted after efforts to speak to competition committee and FAM's other vice president Hamidin Amin proved futile.

Hopefully this answers questions raised by certain parties over the absence of the President's Cup tournament next year.

For the record, the President's Cup is an age-group competition where teams competing in the M-League are required to field a team in the tournament as part of its development plans.

Although there have been various issues concerning the President's Cup tournament - from players not being paid their wages on time to allegations that matches were being fixed - it remains relevant as to ensure states continue churning out stars through the system.

And it is highly unlikely FAM would want to scrap such a tournament off.

HD says: Hope this clarifies the situation.


  1. Grassroots Football FanOctober 30, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    FAM will not scrap the Presidents Cup cos this will affect all the State teams Presidents Cup Coaches , Players & Officials (stakeholders). (Only club sides are barred from this tournament.) This piece of news has already put the affected coaches/players in a limbo.
    The relevant officials are not able to shed light on the situation. After all, the States are the policy makers and they will definitely look after their own interests!


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