Malaysia to push grass-roots football

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia said yesterday it would pour more resources into grass-roots level football, buoyed by the national side reaching the final of the Southeast Asian Games for the first time in 20 years.

Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek told Bernama, the government had approved a development fund with a budget of up to RM60 billion (US$18 million).

a�?It will be for grass-roots development as Football Association of Malaysia lacks funds for this purpose,a�? Shabery said.

He said the fund would initially be used for grassroots football development but could later be extended to other sports, without elaborating.

Shabery said the fund would provide a stimulus to the sport following Malaysiaa��s feat in reaching the final of the Southeast Asian Games this week after a 20-year hiatus.

Malaysia will take on Vietnam in the final tomorrow. a�� AFP

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