GAIN­ING GROUND

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It is learnt that the FAs of Ke­lan­tan, Perlis, Perak, Tereng­ganu, Pa­hang and Negri Sem­bi­lan are back­ing An­nuar while Kuala Lumpur could also join his sta­ble on Satur­day.

Tunku Is­mail has sup­port from Jo­hor, Sabah, Sarawak, Se­lan­gor, Malacca, Malaysian In­dian Sports Coun­cil and the National Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion of Malaysia.

Pe­nang, Kedah, Po­lice, Armed Forces, Malaysian Malays and Malaysian Chi­nese are be­lieved to have not de­cided as yet on who to back.

If Tunku Is­mail be­comes pres­i­dent, the Jo­hor Crown Prince is ex­pected to make whole­sale changes in broad­cast­ing rights, the national team and the MLeague.

The race for the two deputy posts is also heat­ing up with FA of Se­lan­gor (FAS) head Datuk Seri Suba­han Ka­mal be­ing a favourite to be elected. The other can­di­dates are in­cum­bent Datuk Seri Afandi Hamzah and Malacca team man­ager Datuk Yu­soff Ma­hadi.

FAM gen­eral sec­re­tary Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin is pre­dict­ing a tight fin­ish for all posts.

“It will be very close, es­pe­cially for the top post. FAM are highly re­garded by lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions in ev­ery as­pect of ad­min­is­tra­tion, man­age­ment and fi­nance but the suc­cess of a foot­ball as­so­ci­a­tion is gauged by the per­for­mance of the national team,” said Hamidin at Wisma FAM in Ke­lana Jaya yes­ter­day.

“The new pres­i­dent and his ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee must look into el­e­vat­ing the stan­dard of the lo­cal game. It can be done if af­fil­i­ates, clubs and con­cerned par­ties work to­gether.

“Qual­i­fi­ca­tion to the 2019 Asian Cup is a bench­mark but the new com­mit­tee must be given a chance if we fail to meet the tar­get. We will know by Novem­ber whether we can make it.”

On whether there will be changes in broad­cast­ing rights and the man­age­ment of Foot­ball Malaysia Li­a­bil­ity Limited Part­ner­ship (FMLLP), Hamidin said the new com­mit­tee will an­nounce if there are changes.

Satur­day’s elec­tion will see 39 del­e­gates from 20 af­fil­i­ates cast­ing their votes for one pres­i­dent, two deputy pres­i­dents, four vice pres­i­dent and 10 exco posts.

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