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The Football Association of Malaysia released a statement saying that it never sponsored Harimau Muda ‘A’ Team Manager Datuk Hamzah Afandi’s family for their trip to Slovakia

Harimau Muda ‘A’ Team Manager, Datuk Hamzah Afandi, left for Slovakia on June 16 with his family and the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) have come to his defence, saying that it was not a fully sponsored trip.

The trip to Slovakia was Hamzah’s first official visit since the Young Tigers went on their five-month training stint.

However, it was reported earlier that Hamzah’s family’s expenses were paid for by the association but in a statement released yesterday, FAM have clarified that it was on the team manager’s tab instead.

The statement read: “In the notification letter prior his departure, Datuk Hamzah Afandi said that he would bring his family to Slovakia at his own expense.”

Hamzah’s visit to Slovakia was to monitor the Young Tigers’ training and development along with their preparation for the 2013 SEA Games in Myanmar this December, where they will defend their gold medal which they won in last year’s games.

FAM pointed out that Hamzah, was in fact, required to be with the team full-time.

“Datuk Hamzah should be with the team full-time but due to his daily duties, he could not do so.

“He is, however, required to report the latest developments of Harimau Muda ‘A’ during the FAM Exco Meeting set to be held on July 17,” FAM said.

In closing, FAM highlighted that it has never sponsored its officials’ families for anything, be it in Malaysia or abroad.