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 By Kelvin Leong

SportSG concerned by delay by FAS in constitutional changes

FAS president Zainudin Nordin
Zainudin Nordin was appointed as the Football Association of Singapore's president in 2009.

SportSG have urged the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) to sort out a number of proposed amendments to their constitution at their Extraordinary General meeting (EOGM) on Nov. 7.

FAS removed the constitutional discussion at their Annual General meeting (AGM) on Sept. 24, and will now seek to put the amended version up for voting at the EOGM next month.

Should the amended constitution get the all clear, FAS will carry out their first-ever elections to vote in a new president and officials to take Singapore football to the next level.

"We have been observing what's been going on in recent months and we are a little concerned about the whole process," said SportSG's spokesman.

"We think there is possible danger that the two different components of the process -- voting to pass the constitution, and voting in the FAS elections to select new may have been mixed up.

"If we continue to go through this period where no decision is made and the constitution is not passed, then the FAS will continue to be in limbo.

"A lot of capacity will then be invested into this and as a result, attention will be drawn away from important things such as making sure our national football teams can perform -- especially with the AFF Suzuki Cup coming up next month and next year's SEA Games football tournament.

"And just like any National Sports Association, should the FAS fail to meet certain requirements and objectives, then we will consider cutting their funding, although that is not the desired scenario."

Once the 46 FAS affiliates ratify the new constitution, Singapore football is set to move into a new era under the leadership of a new president, with the incumbent Mr Zainudin Nordin already making it clear that he will step down from the Republic's top post in football.

ESPN FC editor Kelvin Leong is a former media officer for Singapore and ex-regional editor of ESPNSTAR.com. Twitter: @KelvinLeong29.

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