The Asean Football Federation (AFF) has issued a statement on Monday (17 Apr) clarifying that the $500,000 donation it received was from the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) and not from Bill Ng.
According to Bill Ng, who is leading a team of opposition leaders to vie for the management of FAS, he donated $500,000 to FAS for the betterment of Singapore football.
Mr Ng claims that former FAS president, Zainudin Nordin, had allowed FAS to channel this donation to a Football Management System to be developed for the AFF.
However, the current management of FAS disputed Mr Ng’s claims and said that Zainudin had asked him to donate the money directly to AFF instead of channeling it through the FAS.
Responding to media queries, the AFF issued a statement clarifying:
PETALING JAYA (17 April 2017) – As a result of various queries from the media on the subject of the FMS, the AFF would like to clarify particularly on the system.
The Asean Football Federation (AFF) Football Management System is an initiative aimed at enhancing the capabilities of football associations and clubs which will then better position them to achieve success in key result areas including but not limited to income generation, information technology, corporate governance, and facilities utilization, among others.
The sharing of resources among football associations in this region will strengthen ongoing efforts aimed at raising the standards of football management in Southeast Asia. We are in the last phase of preparations and we expect to launch the system within the next nine to 12 months.
The AFF Council members were informed at the 3 Council Meeting held on 6 December 2015, that the FA Singapore had donated a sum of SGD500,000 on 4 November 2015 as a payment to develop the System. The Council recorded its thanks and appreciation to FA Singapore for their effort to make the project a reality.
Meanwhile, SportSG has asked the FAS to submit a full report on how the donation was managed and used.