Kafe Sukan was one of Astro Arena's signature show when the channel was launched in March 2010, alongside Formasi hosted by Zainal Abidin Rawop.
When Astro Arena chief the late Matt McKeown spoke to me about my role in Astro Arena in late 2009, he wanted a blogger to be part of one issue-based program. Read here. Later I discovered it was Slamet Sazly Yakub who had proposed my name to Matt and channel manager Venu Ramadass, a former national cricketer whom I had the privilege of knowing while writing for the Malay Mail. They identified the blogger first, before identifying the host. Bukan angkat bakul, merely stating fact. Several discussions on what was supposed to be the elements on the show were held between Venu, Slamet and I.
The first episode kicked-off on March 29, 2010, produced by Slamet. Read here. Later Nasser Zainal Abidin became producer until June 2011.
Akbar pre-i-Pad/tablet days
Live at the impressive sportsdirect.com near Subang Jaya
I invited former NSC director-general, Datuk Wira Mazlan Ahmad and former Berita Harian sports editor, Norbakti Alias
Datuk Lee Chong Wei was in a relaxed mood throughout the show
Not only I proposed and invited most of the guests, but also initiated Kafe Sukan live at Kolej Komuniti Selayang following suggestions by Chef Aswad. The show featured Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal and Datuk K. Rajagobal.
Akbar and I on the receiving end
Akbar is the face of Kafe Sukan, hosting issues on various sports, including motorsports
The doping scandal was discussed by Tan Sri Dr M. Jegathesan and Datuk Dr Ramlan Abdul Aziz
Abdul Halim Kader, ISTAF secretary general enjoying the limelight
Musa Noor Mohamad and Manshahar Abdul Jalil spoke about coaches
Hamberi Mahat, among those who had the balls to speak against Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim
Following the AFF Cup win, I told Slamet we must get Rajagobal. In order to get Rajagobal to the studio, the process began days earlier, taking me to FAM, Filem Negara and Astro Arena. I don't think any frontliner on any TV station would have done the same. Let me refresh your memory here
Kafe Sukan is now produced by either Rozaini Ahmad, Lukman Salleh and Slamet.