The big decisions that FAM is set to deliberate on
Malaysia’s football took an interesting turn in recent weeks – sadly away from the pitch – and what the future holds is anyone’s guess, but all eyes will turn to the FAM executive committee (Exco) meeting on August 15.
There is widespread speculation of what is to come and here is what may happen, FourFourTwo believes.
Tengku Abdullah’s resignation
FAM president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah has been itching for an exit since September 2015 but his departure has somehow been delayed by the Exco, who are unable to find a replacement among them and hope the Crown Prince of Pahang stays to steady the ship.
The Exco’s wishes received a boost in March after Tengku Abdullah agreed to reconsider his decision, but things are clearer now – Tengku Abdullah is ready to walk and has already washed his hands of FAM, following the recent criticism the national body have received.
The Exco is expected to formally accept the resignation and decide options in replacing him, and failure to do so will only signal their lackadaisical approach to Malaysian football. There is little benefit in convincing a wantaway president to stay, especially considering the lack of presence he has shown in the past year.
By constitution, deputy-president Datuk Seri Afandi Hamzah will serve as acting president by virtue of receiving the highest votes for the two deputy-presidents posts available in the 2014 elections.
However, with the next elections only scheduled for 2018, there may be calls to elect a new president sooner instead of Afandi assuming the role in a caretaker capacity for two years.
FAM could also push for Datuk Mokhtar Ahmad to temporarily take the helm as he is seen among the more vocal of office bearers in recent months.