Pahang Sultan wants another term in FAM

KUALA LUMPUR: The Sultan of Pahang wants to serve as the president of the FA of Malaysia (FAM) for another term. 

The FAM will hold elections for office bearers at their 41st Congress today and Sultan Ahmad Shah said yesterday that his interest to continue serving the FAM was to see the completion of the Janda Baik Sports Complex in the next couple of years and also the progress of the national football team. 

“I want to carry on and see through these major tasks,” said the Sultan after he received the Youth and Sports Minister, Datuk Azalina Othman, on a brief visit at the Istana Pahang here yesterday. 

The Sultan also thanked outgoing deputy president Tengku Ahmad Rithauddeen for the services rendered to the FAM and he pledged to work together with the former Foreign Minister, who heads the Asean Football Federation (AFF). 

At the congress today, the interest will be on who will replace Rithauddeen as the deputy president. The FAM have two deputy presidents and the Sultan’s son, Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, is certain to retain the post. 

ROYAL AUDIENCE: Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Azalina Othaman having a discussion with FAM president Sultan Ahmad Shah (centre) and his son Tengku Abdullah, who also is the FAM deputy president at the Istana Pahang on Thursday.

The FAM vice-president, Datuk Redzuan Sheikh Ahmad, said that he was prepared to stand for the post of deputy president. 

“It’s for football,” said Redzuan, who is expected to face a keen contest from Datuk Raja Ahmad Zainuddin, who is one of the four vice-presidents of the FAM. 

The other vice-presidents are Tengku Ahmad Shah and Datuk Seri Dr Ibrahim Saad, who are expected to face challenges from Sabah FA president Datuk Anifah Aman and the FA of Selangor’s deputy president, Datuk Mokhtar Ahmad. 

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