NO ROOM FOR COM­FORT

FAM ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­bers told to be pre­pared for hard work

New Straits Times - - Sport -

AJIT­PAL SINGH AND DEVINDER SINGH nst­sport@nst.com.my

WHEN newly elected pres­i­dent Tunku Is­mail Sul­tan Ibrahim stepped onto the podium to take his seat with his new FA of Malaysia (FAM) com­mit­tee, the Jo­hor roy­alty told them not to get too com­fort­able as work starts im­me­di­ately.

And new deputy pres­i­dents, Datuk Seri Suba­han Kamal and Datuk Yu­soff Ma­hadi have pledged to work tire­lessly with Tunku Is­mail to take foot­ball to the next level.

FA of Se­lan­gor (FAS) pres­i­dent Suba­han erased the mem­o­ries of los­ing in the 2014 elec­tion for the same post by gar­ner­ing the most num­ber of votes yes­ter­day.

Suba­han re­ceived 37 votes as com­pared to Yu­soff’s 33 and in­cum­bent Datuk Seri Afandi Hamzah’s six.

Only 38 del­e­gates from 20 af­fil­i­ates voted yes­ter­day as Ke­lan­tan FA (Kafa) ad­vi­sor Tan Sri An­nuar Musa was ab­sent.

Suba­han, 52, said he is happy to be back af­ter three years and that he will work dili­gently to meet the ex­pec­ta­tions of Tunku Is­mail.

“Tunku Is­mail is a hands on pres­i­dent and he de­mands all elected mem­bers to cope with his pace and mo­men­tum in bring­ing changes. I think it will be tough for some at the be­gin­ning but even­tu­ally, all will work hard,” said Suba­han af­ter the congress-cum-elec­tion in Pe­tal­ing Jaya.

“I was one the favourites in the 2014 elec­tion but I lost the deputy post. How­ever, I con­tin­ued to be ac­tive with FAS.”

Many fear that Suba­han has taken on too many re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as he is also the pres­i­dent of the Malaysian Hockey Con­fed­er­a­tion and the Se­lan­gor Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion but the for­mer state assemblyman said it was not a prob­lem.

“If I couldn’t work, I wouldn’t have ac­cepted my nom­i­na­tion to con­test for the deputy post to­day. I will let you gauge my work and see whether I can do my job re­spon­si­bly,” he said.

Suba­han said the is­sue with most teams in the M-League is funds.

“Tunku Is­mail will screen all is­sues faced by af­fil­i­ates and from there, look into ways to get things right. If we have the right for­mula then all teams will be able to con­duct their jobs bet­ter.”

Malacca United Soc­cer As­so­ci­a­tion deputy pres­i­dent Yu­soff said the elec­tion re­sults showed that af­fil­i­ates wanted to see to­tal change in the lo­cal game.

Ex­cept for Yu­soff and Datuk S. Si­va­sun­daram, who were ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers in the pre­vi­ous com­mit­tee, the oth­ers are new faces. Si­va­sun­daram was elected as one of the four vice pres­i­dents yes­ter­day.

“The del­e­gates chose new peo­ple as they want chances. We need to adapt with Tunku Is­mail… he is young and wants to bring dras­tic changes. Those who used to warm seats in the past are not here any­more.

“Those voted in to­day are hard work­ers and we will do our best to serve the game,” said Yu­soff.

Afandi said he ac­cepted the de­feat and that he would con­tinue to serve as the Kafa act­ing pres­i­dent.

“I think those elected have their strengths. I ac­cept the re­sult and will give full sup­port when re­quired,” said Afandi.

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