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TMJ 'leaves football' altogether?

Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) president Tunku Ismail dropped a bombshell on Thursday after Harimau Malaya's world ranking dropped to a record low at No.178, announcing that it was time for him to leave the sport.

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Tunku Ismail, who took helm of the national body in March 2017, made the statement on FAM's social media accounts Thursday night.

While it indicates Tunku Ismail has quit FAM, there are question marks hanging whether he has also decided to leave Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT), the club he owns.

Recently the national team's ranking fell three places and this is a very big failure. With that being said, I think it is time that President of FAM leaves football

- TMJ

"Recently the national team's ranking fell three places and this is a very big failure," read Tunku Ismail's statement in English. "With that being said, I think it is time that President of FAM leaves football.

"Thank you for everything and it has been an honour to me to serve Malaysian football. Good luck."

If his resignation is confirmed, deputy president Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal could become acting president as he had higher votes than Datuk Yusoff Mahadi in the elections last year. FAM could also opt to hold fresh elections.

A similar statement was also posted on JDT social media accounts, with the additional words: "To my loved Bangsa Johor and all the fans of Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) around the world, my wife and kids... Daddy's home!"

Tunku Ismail also added that he had made a positive impact in his first year as president.

"Ever since I took up the post of president, I have restructured local football, lured in sponsors to help contribute to football in the country and prepared a long term plan for the local football with the co-operation of LaLiga," he said.

Photo: FAM

"I have fought for broadcasting rights for all competing teams in the Liga Malaysia, to help them manage and strenghten their financial stability. 

"History was made when for the first time, all the teams have received between RM1 million to RM3 million annually, so they do not have to be dependent on government funding.

"The U23, U19 and U16 teams have managed to make history when they represented the country in the highest level in Asia."

Main Photo: JDT