Kedah chief minister Datuk Mukhriz Tun Dr Mahathir has been elected as the state’s football association (KFA) president, replacing former chief minister Tan Sri Azizan Abdul Razak.
The member of Kedah’s state legislative for the Ayer Hitam constituency's new role was announced on Wednesday afternoon by KFA honorary secretary Syed Khairol Anuar following the extraordinary general meeting (EGM) at Wisma Darul Aman.
Tan Sri Azizan had previously relinquished his role in KFA in June following a deterioration in his health and also an amputation to his legs, which arose from complications from diabetes.
There was no challenge to the top post as the 28 representatives in the EGM voted in full voice in support for the former minister for trade and industry to head the association.
“I wish to say my thanks and appreciation to the former KFA president for his service and contribution to the association," Mukhriz told reporters after the EGM.
“Exposure to the expertise, management skills and training are the prime mover in ensuring a higher level of football in the state in the future."
Kedah have also announced the appointment of Datuk Ahmad Shafie to lead the Malaysian Premier League (MPL) side in the upcoming Malaysia Cup and Mukhriz hopes that the new coach will be able to lead the team to a decent run in the tournament.
“We have experienced players and there are players that have played in the national team and have been to the semi-finals several times," he pointed out.
“We just need to find the right playing style and move forward.”
Ahmad replaces Mario Tot, who resigned following their 2013 MPL season, which they ended in fourth place and missed out on promotion to the Malaysian Super League. He will be assisted by Antonio Sisic.