Sat, Aug 26, 2006 - Page 18 News List

Former Malaysia manager accused of trying to fix match

BRIBE SCANDAL The former president of the Football Coaches Association of Malaysia is in trouble after allegedly trying to bribe a keeper


Former Malaysian national team coach Chow Kwai Lam will contest charges he tried to fix a Singapore soccer league match, his lawyer said yesterday.

"We are disputing the charges," the lawyer, Lim Khoon, said after a pre-trial conference.

He declined to give further details on the conference that took place on Thursday in a Singapore district court.

A follow-up pre-trial conference is scheduled for Sept. 18, Lim said.

Chow was charged last week for allegedly bribing Paya Lebar-Punggol FC goalkeeper Zulkifli Zainolabidin to let in two or three goals during a local league match in June last year.

He was alleged to have offered the goalkeeper S$200-S$300 (US$127-US$191) plus a further, unspecified amount, according to the court's charge sheet.

Chow, 63, was coach of Paya Lebar-Punggol FC from December 2002 to May last year. He was no longer coach when the alleged incident took place.

The Football Association of Singapore has said Chow, one of Malaysia's most successful coaches, would likely receive a life ban from Singapore's leagues if found guilty.

Chow coached the Malaysian national team in 1978 and again when the country sought to qualify for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

He also brought Kuala Lumpur from obscurity to win three Malaysia Cup finals from 1987 to 1989. He was president of the Football Coaches Association of Malaysia in 1999-2000.

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