Asian Cup: Malaysia mulls inquiry

Updated: 17 July 2007 17:58 IST

Malaysia's soccer chief pledged to hold an inquiry and implement major reforms following its national team's poor performance at the Asian Cup.

Kuala Lumpur:

Malaysia's soccer chief pledged to hold an inquiry and implement major reforms following its national team's poor performance at the Asian Cup.

Sultan Ahmad Shah, president of the Football Association of Malaysia, said he is planning a massive "overhaul" of the sport's national governing body after Malaysia lost 5-1 to China and 5-0 to Uzbekistan in its opening two Asian Cup matches.

Malaysia has one more match against Iran in Group C on Wednesday.

"Upon completion of the national team's final match, we will call for an inquiry," the sultan, who is the ruler of Malaysia's eastern Pahang state, was quoted as saying on Monday by Bernama, the national news agency.

Shah added that he would not resign from the FAM, though he respected the decision of his son, Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, the FAM's deputy president, who announced on Sunday that he was quitting the Association.

"I will continue to serve but if there is someone willing to take over, they are welcomed," Bernama quoted the sultan as saying. "I'm not a coward. I'm not going to bow to public outcry."

FAM officials could not immediately be contacted on Monday.

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