Thursday, July 02, 2009


It is reliably learnt that Dato Paul Mony Samuel, one of Malaysia's finest administrators, has quit as Secretary General of the Asian Football Confederation.

Dato Paul had been on a six month leave from AFC since early this year due to medical reasons and was expected to resume his job at the AFC House but a top football official has confirmed that Dato Paul will no longer be associated with AFC.

The 63-year-old Malaysian has made excellent contribution to national and international football in several capacities in a career which started in the sixties as a regular player for the state side of Kedah before branching off successfully into administration where he carved out a niche for himself.

His hands-on and savvy administrator skills is well documented and he has served football unselfishly over the past few decades.

Dato’ Paul, who took over as the General Secretary of AFC on January 1, 2007, is well known for his impeccable organisational skills and has played key roles in the successful organisation of several top AFC and FIFA competitions.

He was born in Kuala Ketil, Kedah on 5 August, 1945 andreceived his early education at St. Theresa's Primary School, Sungai Petani.

He continued his secondary education at Ibrahim Secondary School, Sungai Petani and then went on to study at Universiti Pertanian Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor and obtained B.Ed. (TESL).


  • Teacher at Kuala Ketil Secondary School (1965 - 1979)
  • General Secretary of Football Association Malaysia (1980 - 1999)
  • FIFA Development Officer (2000 - present)

In recognition of his contributions, he was conferred various honours such as the D.S.D.K., D.S.A.P., D.I.M.P., S.A.P., A.D.K., B.K.M., and P.J.K.