PETALING JAYA: Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, the Tengku Mahkota of Pahang, is set to make a comeback to the local football scene.
The 51-year-old, a member of the FIFA technical and development committee and a vice-president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) executive committee, is strongly tipped to win one of the two deputy president posts at the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) congress today. Tengku Abdullah was the deputy president but quit in July 2007.
Four others – incumbent Datuk Redzuan Sheikh Ahmad, vice-president Datuk Che Mat Jusoh, Datuk Mokhtar Ahmad and Tan Sri Annuar Musa – are also in the fray.
A sixth candidate – Perlis FA president Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim – withdrew earlier from the contest.
Incumbent Khairy Jamaluddin, who is the Umno Youth chief, is not seeking re-election.
Sultan Ahmad Shah has been returned unopposed as the president for a 13th consecutive term. He has been holding the post since 1984.
There will also be contests for the vice-president (four) and exco member (eight) posts.
The secretary and treasurer are appointed by the president.
Deputy president (two posts): Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, Datuk Redzuan Sheikh Ahmad, Datuk Che Mat Jusoh, Tan Sri Annuar Musa, Datuk Mokhtar Ahmad.
Vice-president (four posts): Datuk Afandi Hamzah, Datuk Seri Raja Ahmad Zainuddin Raja Omar. Datuk S. Subramaniam, Datuk Hamid Mohd Amin, Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohd Hashim, Datuk Seri Abdullah Hishan, Datuk Subahan Kamal, Datuk Lawrence Gimbang.
Exco member (eight posts): Tan Sri Mohd Noor Abdul Rahim, Datuk Sri Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman, Dr Hamdan Mohd Khalib, Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan, Datuk Jeferey Low Han Chau, Datuk Astaman Abdul Aziz, Datuk Ibrahim Shamsuddin, Datuk Osman Salleh, Datuk Soh Chin Aun, Rosmadi Ismail, Rani Abdul Rahim, Wan Mohd Nizam Wan Omar, S. Sivasundram.