Tengku Abdullah announces FIFA candidacy

Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) President Tengku Abdullah Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah has announced his candidacy to be one of the FIFA Executive Committee (ExCo) members in the upcoming election.

The election, which will be held in April 2015, will see candidates vying for the three posts as the AFC representatives in FIFA EXCO.

“I am pleased to announce my candidacy as a FIFA EXCO member, and I am committed to win this election to be able to serve Malaysia and the rest of Asia to the best of my capacity,” said Tengku Abdullah during a press conference on Friday.

“I intend to serve Asia as a good team player on a global scale while working with FIFA President Sepp Blatter and AFC President Sheikh Salman to bring Asia to where it belongs – a world super power in football.”

The FAM President, who is also currently the chairman of the upcoming 2015 AFC Asian Cup in Australia, also stated the key objectives that he would like to achieve if he wins.

“In Malaysian football, should I win, I will be able to enhance FIFA’s assistance and technical know-how to upgrade the status of our world ranking through further development of our grassroots, our local teams, referees and coaches.

“Malaysia will benefit from the first-hand exchange of information and expertise directly from FIFA.

“I also aim to work with the AFC President to secure more slots for Asia in the World Cup and propose that we are accorded a higher allocation in the number of seats for FIFA EXCO to ensure a bigger voice for Asia because we are the largest continent.

“As the next FIFA EXCO member, I believe I will have more clout to lobby to obtain more resources to develop all aspects of football, including development, administration, technical, coaching, referee and, of course, youth and women’s football development.”

The last Malaysian to hold a position within FIFA was the late Tan Sri Hamzah Abu Samah, who held a Vice President position from 1982 to 1990.