PETALING JAYA, Aug 16 – After coming through a torrid time due to the corona virus pandemic which hit the Malaysian football hard, Datuk Ab Ghani Hassan kept the game “alive” despite several SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures).
It was not an easy job to do or handle but Ab Ghani, as the chief executive officer (CEO) of Malaysian Football League (MFL) won praise for his ability to “run the show” to complete the Malaysian League last year although it was decided a shortened one round league.
The prestigious Malaysia Cup was cancelled and so was the FA Cup. It was done to safeguard players and officials from the ravaging virus.
This year’s leagues are near completion and football crazy fans can look forward for “thrillers” as the final rounds come around- thanks to Ab Ghani the livewire in MFL.
However, Ab Ghani was a unanimous decision to take over as President of MFL – to replace incumbent Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin.
Hamidin, who is also the president of the FA of Malaysia (FAM), has stepped down from the post.
The MFL Board of Directors were unanimous in their decision. Simply said Ab Ghani is the right man for the right job and many believe he has the credentials to handle the job.
While the hunt for Ab Ghani’s replacement is on, the Negri Sembilan-born Ab Ghani will continue to be the acting CEO until a new candidate takes over. He is expected to be named in the next few days.
Ab Ghani was named the MFL CEO in March last year. He was the acting CEO since December 2019 after Kevin Ramalingam quit.
For the record, Hamidin was instrumental in taking MFL to new heights during his term and together with Ab Ghani, plotted the game’s progress in the country.
Previous MFL presidents before Hamidin were Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim.
Many expect Ab Ghani to deliver and chart Malaysian football fortunes.

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