Sep 27, 2011


Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay today put on record his views on Safee Sali as the Malaysian striker completed his visit to South Wales, having trained first hand with the Bluebirds.

“Safee joined us for a ten day trial, during which time he showed a great attitude and work ethic while soaking in the environment and the way we train here at Cardiff City,” said Mackay.

“Obviously it was a big change and a different style and level of football, though he adapted and integrated well with the squad. We also appreciate that it’s difficult to get a full picture during a short ten day period, especially with the number of games and match preparation we had during that time.

“With a mind to the need for Safee to play competitive games with the Malaysian national team and in Indonesia with Pelita Jaya, we have asked Safee to return to Cardiff City for a two week period in the future which will be beneficial to all concerned. For now though we say our goodbyes and would like to put on record that we consider Safee to be a credit to his team and his country.”

Safee also had words on the experience after an insightful time in Cardiff, saying, "After playing with the reserves and even the first team at training, I have found the game here to be very much quicker. You do not get so much time with the ball. It is a whole new and different level.

“The training has gone well and all my team-mates gave me a really warm welcome. Although it has been just two weeks, I have learned since I have been here. God willing, I may return to play here in the near future.”

Safee was a spectator for the match between Cardiff City and Leicester City on Sunday. The match was also attended by Malaysian High Commissioner to Britain Datuk Zakaria Sulong and his wife, who participated in the Malaysia Day celebrations observed by the club. Safee will now return to Malaysia on Tuesday to prepare for an international match with Australia next month.

Sep 25, 2011


FORMER National Coach B.Sathianathan will sign a one year contract with Armed Forces Football Association today at 4pm at Mindef. The signing will be witnessed by Armed Forces Chief General Tan Sri Zulkifli Zainal Abidin.

"This is a new challenge for me and I want to share my experience with Armed Forces, and I am confident that we will do well. I am the Manager as well so thats gives me the full authority to manage the team." said Sathia

Armed Forces is serious in making changes, after a bad season and a tarnished reputation, who was linked to match fixing in the last season.

It will be interesting to see the revival that ATM is looking at, We wish Sathia all the best.

Sep 21, 2011


WINDSOR John is probably the most wanted man at this point in time in the world of football. Last week Asian Football Confederation (AFC) appointed Windsor as the 2015 Asian Cup Consultant.

Not many are aware that Windsor is also the consultant for 2014 World Cup for FIFA, Infact he was there two months ago to look at the preparations of the World Cup and submitted an independent study on the preparation.

Yesterday the former FAM Head of R&D and FIFA Development Officer left for London to lead a team of FIFA Delegates to inspect six stadiums which has been identified for the 2012 Olympics.

The Venues are : City of Coventry Stadium, Millennium Stadium, Old Trafford, St James Park, Wembley Stadium, Hayden Park.

He is expected to conducted the FIFA De Brief, Event Test and also the Competition Draw.

All the best Chief !

Sep 15, 2011


Selepas lebih setahun diwujudkan, saluran sukan tempatan , Astro Arena (Saluran 801) terus mengorak langkah dan komited merancakkan lagi sukan negara ini dengan memperkenalkan saluran baru, Arena 802.

Pengenalan saluran sukan baru ini meneruskan tradisi Astro dalam terus menawarkan kandungan terbaik khusus buat peminat sukan tempatan untuk menikmati pelbagai aksi sukan secara langsung melalui saluran Astro Arena.
Pengurus Saluran Astro Arena, Venu Ramadass berkata, saluran baru ini boleh di tonton oleh peminat sukan tanahair hanya di hujung minggu di mana pertembungan masa siaran dan kejohanan yang padat yang di siarkan di Astro Arena.

“Ini adalah bukti komitmen kami untuk memenuhi keperluan kandungan sukan tempatan dengan menampilkan saluran khas ini bertujuan untuk menampung siaran langsung pelbagai kejohanan sukan berlangsung serentak .

“Sebelum ini Arena 802 di pancarkan buat pertama kali pada Julai lalu apabila menyiarkan siaran langsung Kejohanan sepak Takraw Piala Dunia (Istaf) 2011 dan kini Arena 802 ‘di hidupkan’ semula bagi memberi pilihan kepada peminat sukan untuk menikmati lebih tawaran siaran langsung yang di siarkan.

“Kehangatan Piala Malaysia yang membuka tirainya pada September dan beberapa kejohanan lain termasuk Liga Hoki Kebangsaan pada hujung minggu ini pasti menyemarakkan lagi minat orang ramai untuk mengikuti pekembangan sukan terbabit,”katanya.

Sabtu(17.9.2011) ini, siaran langsung saingan Piala Malaysia di antara Perak dan Sabah di saluran 801, disusuli Terengganu dengan Sime Darby FC secara tertunda juga di 801.

Serentak di 802 pula, perlawanan sumbangsih Liga Hoki Kebangsaan di antara KLHC dan TNB di 802 bermula 8.00 malam.

Keesokannya, Ahad(18.9.2011), kejohanan sepak takraw Utusan Malaysia zon tengah, separuh akhir 10.00 pagi hingga 12.30 tengah hari dan akhir 4.30 petang hingga 6.00 petang secara langsung menerusi Grandstand Ahad di saluran 801, diikuti Kelantan lawan Sarawak dalam peringkat kumpulan Piala Malaysia bermula 8.00 malam.

Di saluran 802 pula, Kejohanan Bolasepak Freestyle Dunia dari jam 1.00 tengah hari hingga 4.00 petang disusuli Liga Hoki Kebangsaan di antara UiTM dan UniKL pada jam 6 petang dan Nur Insafi lawan YNS jam 8.00 malam.

Sep 7, 2011


Prolific striker Safee Sali has will be the first Malaysian to get a bite of the cherry at Cardiff City Football Club after being offered a two-week trial.

The Pelita Jaya striker, who has been in scintillating for both club and country lately, has done enough to impress Cardiff City owner Datuk Chan Tien Ghee and merit a trial stint with the Welsh outfit from Sept 12 to 27.

Safee is the second Malaysian to be offered the trial. National team skipper Safiq Rahim was the first to land the deal, but due to his Malaysia Cup commitments with Selangor, the 24-year-old will only be flying off once the competition comes to a close.

Safee has often been compared to Malaysian great Mokhtar Dahari and touted as the best striker of his generation. The latest revelation was music to his years as he braces himself for what he said would be “the pinnacle of his career”.

“Every Malaysian football fan follows the English game and I’m no different. Even as a kid, I’ve always dreamt of one day plying my trade in the English league ... and now I have a chance to do that with this trial.

“The door has been opened for me. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am going to give it my all to prove my credentials,” said the 27-year-old Safee.

Meanwhile, Datuk Chan hopes more Malaysians would show worldly promise and potential to hit it big time in football.

“When Safiq managed to get a trial with Cardiff, there was a real good buzz around the club as well as in Malaysia. Now with Safee joining in the fray, hopefully the hype will be heightened and inspire our young and budding footballers to aim only for the sky.

“This effort will bode well for both the club and Malaysia. There’s a lot of talent back home and it’s time we start unearthing the gifted by giving them proper exposure. I think this could be the beginning of a revolution,” said Malaysian businessman Datuk Chan who took over the Cardiff City last year.