Sunday, June 15, 2008
A football family
One thing I like about Datuk Seri Dr Ibrahim Saad, when he was heading the FA of Malaysia secretariat, was his ability to cope and deal with criticism.
Sure he gave me a rollicking on a few occasions that I took a dig at FAM throughout his two-year tenure as the general secretary.
I swam against the current when FAM (and Pak Lah) wanted to go ahead with the Manchester United match despite the Malaysian government's contractual obligations with the Asian Football Confederation.
I questioned FAM's role as the supposedly end-users of the high performance training centre in Brickendonbury, London and whether or not FAM were consulted in the Champions Youth Cup (CYC) saga.
We argued on many issues and I gave him my two sens' worth, even "live" on RTM1's Fokus Bola shortly after the Asian Cup debacle last year, when I felt FAM were not doing enough to help Norizan Bakar form a decent squad.
So it was nice to appear again on TV this morning with Dr Ibrahim and he was not alone this time. The former Penang Deputy Chief Minister brought along his offsprings Zaiful, Zairil, Zaireen and Zaida for TV9's breakfast talk show Nasi Lemak Kopi O at Sri Pentas, where we got to discuss the ongoing Euros with hosts Yat and Aziz Desa.
Moi, on the left, wearing an old jersey of Les Bleus. The white strip is the away kit worn by the Cantona and Papin generation between 1993-1995. It's a special one because I bought it at the adidas boutique at Rue de Louvre in Paris after covering the Toulon Youth Festival (featuring David Beckham among others) for Berita Harian in 1995.
The French were not exactly on top of the world at that time, having failed to qualify for the USA World Cup in 1994.
Second pic (courtesy of Aishah and Kak Lin) from left loose cannon, Yat, Dr Ibrahim (England fan), Zaida (Holland fan), Zaireen (Dutch fan), Zairil (Dutch fan) and Zaiful (an avid fan of France).