TMJ: I Can Step Down If You Are Not Happy With Me

It sure seemed like a large chunk of local football fans rejoiced on the 25th of March 2017 as Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim was sworn in as Football Association of Malaysia (FAM)’s new president.

We basked in joy at promises of a corruption-free FAM, and the vision of Malaysian football transforming and making leaps of progress.

However, things are not that easy, as Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim has discovered.

The Johor Crown Prince has been pelted with numerous accusations since he took over the office and he is clearly frustrated by them.

Early in April, the FAM president received backlash after Kedah’s head coach tendered his resignation after being earmarked for position of assistant head coach for the national football team.

Now, he is under fire for the referees’ decision in the matches, being accused for favouritism for his home team, Johor Darul Ta’zim.

“Just that I want to ask some questions, when Perak got a penalty in the final minutes against T-Team, was it my fault? JDT got a penalty, my fault? Because I’m the President and a Johorean? Selangor also got penalty against Pahang, was it my fault? Kedah got a red card because their player hit a T-Team player, was it my fault? Liridon got injured, was it my fault?” a vexed TMJ expressed on Facebook.

He went on to remind local fans that Johor Darul Ta’zim was already winning matches and trophies long before he became FAM president.

“If there are people who want to raise issues about refereeing decisions, then FAM can play videos and the fans can be the judge.” the Crown Prince assured the fans.

“If there are still fans who are unhappy with me being the FAM president, you can urge your affiliates to hold a congress and appoint a new president.”

Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim further elaborated that he became FAM president to help the national team, to improve the quality of the local league, and to eradicate corruption. However, all his efforts are being met with severe criticism.

“If the Malaysian football fans think that I’m not the right person to be the President, I can step down. No problem.” TMJ ended his statement.

Apart from that, TMJ assures local football fans that he has already instructed FAM, the integrity committee and the Football Referees Association to investigate referees and poorly officiated matches and to settle the matter immediately. (Source)

OKS Wants Harimau Malaysia To Beat Philippines

National football chief coach Datuk Ong Kim Swee is targeting to improve Malaysia’s ranking with win against the Philippines in an international friendly match at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila on March 22. After having draws in the last four encounters since 2012 against the 124th ranked Philippines, Kim Swee hopes a win would help the national squad to leap several ranks from its 161st spot in the world now. The match is also a warm-up for Malaysia before facing North Korea (121st) in their 2019 Asian Cup final qualifying round on March 28.

The 47-year-old coach from Malacca said the match against The Azkals is very important as Harimau Malaysia have not been in action after being knocked out of the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup group competition in Myanmar in November.

“Our games with Philippines have been ending in draws. So obviously we want to win but it would not be easy as the Philippines are a strong team and they are ranked much higher than us,” Kim Swee was quoted as saying in the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) website today.

On the list of 23 players called for centralised training starting Monday, he said the majority of the players have been retained to maintain the teamwork established among players.

“I did not make many changes with players as we will not have sufficient time to rebuild the new combination. It will be easier to regroup as most of the players are already familiar with each other.

“The new faces called up are based on their good performance in league matches such as Farizal Harun, Akram Mahinan and Afif Amiruddin,” he said.

Kim Swee is expected to join centralised training one day later on Tuesday, as he has to attend to family matters after his father passed away on Tuesday this week. The first day of centralised camp training for Harimau Malaysia at Wisma FAM in Kelana Jaya will be conducted by national assistant coach, Brad Maloney.