TMJ rules himself out of FAM president job

Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, the Crown Prince of Johor, has insisted that he will not be in the running to become the new Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) president.

FAM president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah has confirmed that he “is on his way out”, but it is unclear who has entered the race to succeed him.

TMJ, who is the owner of Malaysian club Johor Darul Ta’zim, is known for being highly critical of Malaysia’s footballing figures, but has poured cold water on the possibility that he will become the next FAM president.

“I cannot become FAM president because I will be biased towards JDT. You can’t have someone from the state FA to become president, you need to have someone who is neutral,” TMJ told the Obviously Harith Iskandar show.

While he has no interest in becoming president, TMJ admitted that he would consider taking up an advisor role, a position which he resigned from last year.

“The Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin is coming to see me to propose a few options that he has for me to get involved. For me to be advisor and share my views to improve Malaysian football, I don’t mind,” TMJ said.

Meanwhile, TMJ once again called on the top officials at FAM to step down as he believes they are aiming high enough.

“You need people in FAM who can contribute to the football clubs and the national team,” he said. “You need to set objectives and have targets, not aim for tournaments like the Suzuki (AFF) Cup which is not even a FIFA tournament.”