Penang football fans want change after team's poor performance

24 Feb 2017 / 20:10 H.

GEORGE TOWN: Representatives from the Penang Football Fan Coalition want an overhaul in the way the state football team is being managed.
Towards this end, they are calling on Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng to intervene in the Football Association of Penang (FAP) to bring about much needed change.
Earlier today, 15 members from the coalition submitted a memorandum to Lim's information officer Zahar Zainol.
Their decision follows Penang's 0-1 loss to Sarawak in a Malaysian Super League match on Feb 11.
The group's spokesperson, Mohamad Khir Md Nor, said they hoped Lim's involvement would help improve the team's performance.
"We are unable to accept such a bad result, therefore we are here to submit a memorandum to the chief minister," he told reporters in Komtar today.
Mohamad Khir, who is also Kepala Batas Panthers Fan Club chairman, said FAP president Zairil Khir Johari should be removed.
He also alleged that coach Ashley Westwood does not have a good relationship with the players.
When contacted, Zairil said he accepted the views of the fans.
"We don't think we are right all the time. So, we acknowledge their views and certainly, I know on our side we are doing all we can to get better results.
"I disagree that the players don't get along with the coach. If there are one or two who don't, that is normal when you have a big group of people," he said.
The Malaysian Super League season began Jan 20 and will conclude on Oct 21 this year.
Out of the 12 teams, Penang is currently placed last.

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