The FA of Malaysia (FAM) bid farewell to assistant general secretary Kelly Sathiraj tomorrow. Read jaihomalaysia's Winds of change for Kelly
Kelly, a sports management graduate of University Malaya, spent four years at Wisma FAM, joining the national body as the assistant head of competitions in 2008.
The Malaccan-born former hockey and cricket player began his career as the regional development officer at the Asian Football Confedereation (AFC) in 2000, during the days when I used to pay media director A. Subramaniam a visit at least once a month.
In early 2008 he joined FAM in the competitions department before he was tasked to head the international affairs and national teams's department a year later. In 2010 he was promoted to the assistant general secretary's post.
Kelly's resignation leaves a huge vacuum in FAM as far as international contacts are concerned. He is rich in experience, having worked as general coordinator at the FIFA World Cup in 2002 and other international tournaments plus numerous youth competitions all over Asia.
He has the unique distinction of having represented Malacca in cricket (Sukma), hockey (Sukma) and athletics, as well as playing football up to district level.
Kelly will take up the role as a consultant for Worawi Makudi, FA of Thailand (FAT) president. tasked to propose measures to restructure the governing body.
It is a pity that Kelly, like the rest of his predecessors who left FAM for greener pastures, could not restructure FAM. Read Pakar Bola Kita.