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The Professional Footballers’ Association of Malaysia (PFAM) has got a new secretary general. Dayalan Jeevan is the successor to Subramaniam E.R., who has left the union.


Dalayan Hithaya Jeevan (27) previously worked as an executive director for a company specialized in marine solutions. As a teenager he played football for the reserves of Selangor FA, the most successful team in Malaysia. ‘I played until I was 17 years old. Just as I was about to break into the senior team a very serious injury dashed all my hopes of becoming a pro player and ended my career in football. Since I wasn't destined to play I suppose, I've always wanted to do something in relation to football in Malaysia.’


Jeevan will have a more than ‘something’ to do for football, being the new secretary general of the PFAM. ‘In Malaysian football the most common issues I see coming to my attention, would be unpaid wages of players and contractual disputes. A few cases have actually been brought up to us and we are working hard to solve them.’


Jeevan has got two issues high on his agenda for the coming months. ‘Number one is to increase the awareness of players on the importance of being active for the association. Number two is to exercise dynamic branding and recognition strategies for the PFAM.’


In November FIFPro will organize its annual general assembly in Malaysia, another task for Jeevan. ‘It is an honour that we will be hosting the upcoming congress here in Kuala Lumpur. We will spend lots of our hours in order to making the congress a special one.’


At the 2009 FIFPro congress in Budapest, Hungary, the PFAM received the status of FIFPro candidate member.