Saturday, 27 August 2011

Kuala Lumpur and Liverpool to set up football academy

The Kuala Lumpur Football Association (KLFA) are expected to finalise details of an agreement with English Premier League club, Liverpool FC, to set up an academy in Malaysia.

 KLFA President Datuk Astaman Abdul Aziz said an agreement was expected to be signed in November if KLFA was able to secure sponsorship to run the academy for the long term.

 "KLFA has approached a number of sponsors to work out a long term financial plan to fund the academy and the Super League team," he told reporters after accepting an annual contribution from Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) here today.

 Astaman said if the Liverpool-KLFA academy project materialises, it would be the first Liverpool academy outside England.

 He said the academy was taking shape in Taman Melati and expected to be completed and ready for operations by January 2012.

 Meanwhile, KLFA who received a RM350,000 contribution from DBKL, are expected to use the money to pay the salary of players and officials who have not received their salary for three months.

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