Bibi Ramjani breaks tradition to become first woman Kafa president

KOTA BARU: Female entrepreneur Bibi Ramjani Ilias Khan has broken a Kelantan football tradition when she was selected as the first woman to head Kelantan Football Association (Kafa) since its establishment in 1946.

She was the second woman in the country to be appointed as the president of a football association after Tunku Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah took the helm at Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) in July last year.

Kafa deputy president Datuk Seri Afandi Hamzah in announcing the appointment of Bibi Ramjani said the woman entrepreneur would be leading the association for the 2018 to 2021 term.

Afandi said the counting of votes for the number one post had to be carried out twice after another presidential candidate Datuk Muhammad Nasir Hamzah was not happy after the first count.

"In the first count, Bibi Ramjani obtained 32 votes from various district football associations while Nasir received 19 votes which caused him to dispute the result.

"However, in the second count, Bibi Ramjani continued to receive 32 votes while Muhammad Nasir only obtained 16 votes," he told reporters after the 63rd Kafa Congress here tonight.

The congress which commenced at 3pm, ended at about 9.15pm.

In this regard, Afandi defended his post as deputy Kafa president with 39 votes when he defeated his challenger and Kafa vice-president Datuk Rosmadi Ismail who received 27 votes in the contest. — Bernama