SHAH ALAM – Even though football in Malaysia is generally dominated by men from players to club owners, a woman who has been given the mandate to lead a football team is making waves in the local scene.
Despite being not a familar figure in the sport, compared to her counterpart Tunku Tun Aminah of Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT), Siti Zubaidah Abdul Jabar, 56, president of PKNS FC is fast gaining recognition with the rise of PKNS FC under her charge.
The PKNS chief corporate officer said she was initially stunned when she was appointed as the football club’s president in 2014, as she was not exactly a big fan of the sport.
The Social Science graduate from Universiti Malaya, however, went for a crash course in football and often goes down to ground to be with the team.
The open minds of PKNS players and manager in accepting her as part of the team probably eased her role in leading the club, she said in an exclusive interview with Bernama at her office here recently.
Siti Zubaidah made several revolutionary changes to raise the squad as among the best in the local football scene.
Her masterly strategies proved to be highly effective when second division PKNS FC emerged as runners-up in the 2016 FA Cup competition and the Premier League and earned promotion to the Super League this season.
With these encouraging successes, Siti Zubaidah hopes to make PKNS FC as the home of quality players in the country’s most popular sport. – BERNAMA