Five (other) new faces keen to inspire change in Malaysian football

The race for the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) presidency has hogged the limelight, but the Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim v Tan Sri Annuar Musa debate is probably one-sided. FourFourTwo takes a look at five other new candidates that could help the national body...

Only eight of the 17 members elected in the 2014 Congress are seeking re-election, with some wanting to move up the ladder or have more authority over the national body.

A total of 30 individuals contesting the coming Congress on March 25 have not been part of FAM since outgoing president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah took charge in 2014.

The likes of Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal, Datuk Astaman Abdul Aziz and Datuk Rosmadi Ismail are hoping to make a comeback. Subahan appears as an intriguing prospect for one of the deputy president posts but there aren’t many refreshing candidates for the four vice president positions.

The dynamic candidates FAM needs – apart from Tunku Ismail contesting the presidency – are likely to come from the executive members. Many of these candidates are contesting positions for the first time.

Subkhiddin Salleh

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The standard of refereeing hogs the limelight in Malaysia more often than it probably should. While they are human and mistakes do happen, there are few excuses for the basics.

Examples such as last-man fouls being given only a slap on the wrist, decisions being changed after watching replays on the stadium’s big screen, allowing a red carded player to be substituted and being easily swayed by pressure are inexcusable.

Referees in Malaysia need an upgrade and there could be many ways to go about it. Electing Subkhiddin, a former FIFA referee, and appointing him as Referee Committee chairman may be a step in the right direction.

Subkhiddin, who was an official at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, sits in the world governing body’s referee committee and is a technical instructor for them.