KUALA LUMPUR, March 13 (Bernama) -- For his service spanning two decades as Football Association Malaysia (FAM) president, the Sultan of Pahang, Sultan Ahmad Shah was today honoured with the Sport Personality Award at the 2017 National Sports Awards tonight.
His contribution began when he helmed the governing body in 1984 which saw the national football squad conquered success after success to reach the 79th rank in the world in 1993 which was the best placing for the country to date.
His role as the seventh Yang di-Pertuan Agong further strengthened competition in Malaysia League with the introduction of the Charity Shield known as Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Cup in 1984 which is the curtain raiser for the league.
Apart from shouldering the responsibility of FAM president, he was also appointed as Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president from 1994 to 2002 and among his biggest contribution was locating AFC's headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.
His efforts to develop football was proven with the rise of the national Under-23 (U-23) squad to end a 20-year drought by winning the gold medal in the 2009 SEA Games in Laos before defending the gold medal in the 2011 Palembang Games, in Indonesia.....