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KUALA LUMPUR, 18 Feb 2017:
The undivided support of football fans and the trust of Johor Sultan Sultan Ibrahim are the reasons the Tunku Mahkota of Johor (TMJ), Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim has offered himself to contest for the Football Association of Malaysia’s (FAM) president post.
Through Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) club Facebook site, Johor Southern Tigers, he said efforts to regain the quality of football in the country cannot rest solely on the shoulders of one person but it involved the cooperation of all parties.
“To change and revamp FAM is our opportunity. This is our chance to effect a permanent change and return to become like Japan, Thailand and other successful countries.
“I cannot resolve the matter by myself. This is not the plan of an individual and if I want want to do it, I will do it with the people. This is the time for us to improve and move forward together.”
Citing the example of JDT, Tunku Ismail stressed the cooperation among individuals in the club was the reason they are well-known in the world.
“JDT is a clear proof but you need to understand that JDT is a club. FAM is a large organisation which not only needed to improve so that the national squad qualifies for World Cup but the first thing is to clean up the house and to strengthen the association’s structure.”
At the same time, he said it was important for affiliated members of FAM to work hard to help their clubs apart from returning the power of football to the people to raise the quality of football in the country.
Tunku Ismail would also open up a platform for football supporters to give their views when he comes to Kuala Lumpur next week.
He will be representing his father Sultan Ibrahim to the 245th Rulers’ Conference scheduled for two-days from Feb 22 at Istana Negara.
Tunku Ismail will be challenged by former Kelantan Football Association president Tan Sri Annuar Musa in the FAM Executive Committee election for the 2017 to 2021 term held simultaneously with FAM’s 53rd annual congress on March 25.
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