FAM in search of new successor after TMJ hands in resignation letter

Nicolas Anil Nicolas Anil

Tunku Sultan Ismail (TMJ) officially tendered his resignation as the Football Association of Malaysia’s president on Sunday.

The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) will have to appoint a new leader after Tunku Sultan Ismail (TMJ) tendered his resignation letter on Sunday, exactly a year after taking over the hotseat.

TMJ, however, remains a key figure in Malaysian football as he will remain as chairman of the Football Malaysia Limited Liability Partnership (FMLLP), now also known as the Malaysian Football League (MFL).

“I hereby tender my resignation as FAM president. I have done a lot during my tenure, including getting more sponsors on board and generating more income for the competing clubs,” said TMJ at the FMLLP congress.

“My responsibility now as chairman of MFL, is to bring in more sponsorship and to take care of the league’s structure. MFL will be independent from FAM after this. It is my job to take care of the league’s interest.”

The Johor Darul Ta’zim boss, had on March 15, announced that he should step down as FAM head after the national team’s ranking fell to an all-time low of 178.

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TMJ has recommended FAM secretary-general Datuk Hamidin Amin to succeed him.

“If Datuk Hamidin is voted as FAM president by affiliates, I will give my full support to him and ensure FAM’s income is secure. I hope all the affiliate members will support Datuk Hamidin as FAM president,” added TMJ.

The national body are expected to make an announcement on the matter in the coming days.

While TMJ’s exit could plunge FAM and its flailing national team into further crisis, the Johor Crown Prince should strengthen the domestic league that has been beleaguered with various issues.

Despite an allocation of RM1million – RM3million received, some clubs are still struggling to pay their players on time.

Not only that, some teams have also been defiant on completing the league registration process on time, which have forced FMLLP’s hand to issue a hefty fine and suspended points deduction.

TMJ’s decision to remain as FMLLP chairman is also welcomed news for the current sponsors, and will continue to open doors for more investment in the league.

But for FAM, the rebuilding will have to began once again as they race against time to find his successor.

Fixing the national team will have to be first on their list, with the Harimau Malaya not having won in 11 matches.

Tan Cheng Hoe’s men will take on Lebanon in their final 2019 Asian Cup qualifiers on Tuesday, before playing Bhutan on April 1.

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