Tengku Abdullah washes hands of FAM and prepares for departure
Tengku Abdullah is looking to hasten his departure from Malaysian football and will unlikely stick around to lead the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) out of its current mess.
Four international players – skipper Safiq Rahim, vice-captain Aidil Zafuan Abdul Radzak, S. Kunanlan and Amirul Hadi Zainal – abruptly quit the national team in June. The Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) quartet, all well in their prime, said there was a need for the younger generation to step up while club owner Tunku Ismail Sultain Ibrahim claimed the players were fed up of FAM ways.
Tunku Ismail also alleged he had a flash drive detailing the corruption in the national body but has stopped short of making damning revelations, insisting he would not hand over the files to the Malaysian Anti-corruption Commission (MACC).
Tunku Ismail wants those responsible to leave FAM willingly or risk being exposed.
FAM as a unit have rebuked the allegations but Tengku Abdullah, who has evaded the press since the start of the week, delivered a blow to the association after repeating his desire to quit FAM.
“It's up to whoever to solve this issue. I don't have anything to do with it. I am in the process of leaving FAM ... I'm on my way out," said Tengku Abdullah told reporters when approached in a hotel on Thursday.
Last September, Tengku Abdullah announced his intentions to quit following Malaysia’s 10-0 loss to United Arab Emirates in the World Cup qualifiers.
He was expected to delegate his duties to other officials within a year but FAM general-secretary Datuk Hamidin Amin said, in March, that Tengku Abdullah has agreed to reconsider his decision.
Tengku Abdullah replaced his father Sultan Ahmad Shah as FAM president in May 2014 after defeating then Johor FA president Tunku Ismail for the post.