In an exclusive with Media Prima Bhd group, Sultan Ibrahim admitted he initially didn’t want Tunku Ismail to run for the FAM presidency as he knew there will be hardships with the responsibility.
Sultan Ibrahim saidhe relented when he saw that his son was willing to take on the challenge.
“Initially, I did not allow for Tunku Mahkota Johor to vie for the president’s post.
“I knew it was not going to be an easy task.
“But when the (FAM) affiliates met me, I asked each of them to explain why they wanted the Tunku Mahkota.
“I did not hear one person’s view, but 15 affiliate members who voiced their opinion.
“I asked them if it was true that they wanted him and were confident that he could change the FAM of today.
“They replied that they were confident,” Sultan Ibrahim said at Istana Flintstone, Mersing yesterday.
Tunku Ismail is the front runner for the FAM president’s post, which also has former Kelantan FA president Tan Sri Annuar Musa contesting on March 25.
Sultan Ibrahim said that when he asked Tunku Ismail if he wanted to go for the FAM presidency, the crown prince told him that he would do whatever his father told him to do.
“I asked him if he wanted it, and he told me that he would adhere to whatever I decreed for him to do.
“But I advised the Tunku Mahkota not to forget Johor.
“Don’t go to Kuala Lumpur so often as they can come to Johor to hold the meetings.
“If he (Tunku Ismail) is going to be Johor’s ruler, his heart must be close to the people,” said Sultan Ibrahim. he said.
“We will show what we have got and do our best.
“I feel we, as a team, can do well and apply what we have done in training and try to get good results.”
Meanwhile, Malaysia have been drawn with Thailand, Indonesia and Mongolia in Group H of the 2018 AFC Under-23 Championship, which is to be held in China.
The ruler said Tunku Ismail’s success in producing international champions in the Darul Ta’zim football club or JDT was a testament to his ability to bring change to the football landscape.
“Since he took over football three years ago, what is JDT’s position today? Everyone knows JDT now.
“I don’t know where he gets his ideas to manage football.
“When I call him, he can explain
The qualifiers take place on July 19-23 in Bangkok.
— Haziq Nadzli (Darul Ta’zim), Ifwat Akmal Chek Kassim (Kedah), Ahmad Syihan Hazmi Mohamed (Kelantan);
Dominic Tan Jun Jin (Darul Ta’zim), Syazwan Andik Ishak (Darul Ta’zim II), Adib Zainuddin (Felcra), Fauzan Fauzi (Negri), R. Dinesh (Pahang), Syazwan Zaipol Bahari (Perak SEDC), Syahmi Safari (Selangor), Aqil each thing in detail. He knows.
“So I leave the football development to him.
“He is very confident. He told me to give him one term, and I said okay,” said the ruler.
Tunku Ismail is the Darul Ta’zim owner.
In 2015, the club became the first Malaysian side to win an Asian-level football tournament after emerging champions of the AFC Cup. Irfanuddin Sabri, Arif Fadzilah Abu Bakar (both T-Team);
Safawi Rasid (Darul Ta’zim), Danial Ashraf Abdullah (Kelantan), Irfan Zakaria (KL), Ahmad Khairil Anuar Ahmad Zamri (Perak), Nur Shamie Iszuan Amin (Sarawak);
N. Thanabalan (Felcra), Syafiq Ahmad (Kedah), Jafri Firdaus Chew, Syamer Kutty Abba, S.Kumaahran (all Penang), Adam Nor Azlin (Selangor). Devinder Singh
National youth coach Frank Bernhardt (centre) drilling the SEA Games Project squad on Tuesday.
Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim