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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

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