MANY felt that the M-League would collapse after the Malaysia Football League (MFL) parted ways with sponsor, Telekom Malaysia (TM), in March.
Critics have also been bombarding MFL and their chief executive Kevin Ramalingam regularly for the delay in finding a new sponsor.
Despite not having a major sponsor, the M-League is still running well this year under MFL.
Kevin said MFL are working on securing a long-term plan to ensure the ‘sponsorship’ fiasco does not recur.
“If MFL were doing a bad job, the league wouldn’t have been able to operate this year with the loss of a major sponsor. In the old days, this would have proved fatal.
“But we are able to sustain, and do what we have to do to resolve matters for the future because we have managed the rights well.
“By ensuring that Malaysian football is not reliant on just one party for funding and also ensuring that we manage cost in the most prudent manner.
“What we are doing here has received credit and support from all around the world including the Asian Football Confederation, the world leagues forum, La Liga, the J League, etc.
“We don’t get to that kind of position by doing a bad job. Yet, of course, there will be voices of discontent here locally because a lot of these voices are voices that are trying to mask their failures and paint it as MFL’s fault,” Kevin told Timesport.
MFL were established five years ago to elevate the status and commercial value of the M-League.
“The reality is that MFL will resolve the gap left with the TM situation,” he added.
“And in doing so, we will show once again that we are able to roll with the punches and come out with the best solution for the M-League.
“But what are these people’s plans to resolve their problems? I don’t know. We will ask them once they’ve received this year’s funds.”