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Wednesday, 14 December 2016

TMJ wants wholesale change in Football Association of Malaysia (FAM)

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Tunku Ismail wants wholesale changes in FAM setup

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MALACCA: A vision for a wholesale change in the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) was put up in an hour-long briefing by Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim here last night before representatives of 16 affiliates.
And the Tunku Mahkota of Johor stuck to his stand of not going for the president's post.
But this time, despite his adamance, it was clear that at least among those in that meeting room at Malacca's grandest hotel last night, that he walked out as the prime candidate.
"I feel the majority of the affiliates want me to be the president. But as I have stated before, I have not decided on anything," Tunku Ismail said.
"I am just giving my sincere input and not after any positions in FAM. We have to wait and see. February is still a long way to go. But I have stated before this that I am not interested in that position, but I leave that to the affiliates."
So, what was this closed door briefing about?
Malacca United Soccer Association (MUSA) deputy president Datuk Yusof Mahadi described it as a package put on the table by Tunku Ismail, which would see him involved although he did not want the post of president.
Tunku Ismail again reiterated that his choice for president was Putrajaya Corporation chairman Tan Sri Aseh Che Mat, a former FAM committee member in charge of installing integrity.
"What is important is that all have the desire to develop and revive the dignity of our football, to raise the level of our leagues and competitions and the national team's performance. That should be our first initiative.
"Then we have to improve the budgets of all teams that are competing in our leagues," said Tunku Ismail.
He called for affiliates to work towards a common goal of improving the national team, despite their differences in competition.
"The first of our visions should be for all to realise that we compete on the field and that should be the only place where we compete against each other," he said.
"Off the field we should all be working together to raise the integrity and the quality of Malaysian football and the performance of the national team. We need to contribute as much as we can to this in the form of integrity, the system and everything else."
Among the key points of the briefing was for annual budgets of competing teams to be secured through the sharing of proceeds from the sale of broadcasting rights.
"To improve the budgets of all teams, we have to accept that the biggest problem with our football is the broadcasting rights. If we can reduce the burdens of competing teams, be it the clubs of affiliates, I feel the backbone of this is the broadcasting rights," he said.
"Yes, everyone needs sponsors, but revenue from the broadcasting rights is also a vital element to improve the budgets of all teams."
"The system needs to change. If we can see that the old system has not helped in raising the level of our football, then the affiliates need to know and need to decide to improve on the existing system so that we can progress as a footballing nation.รข€�
Tunku Ismail said he found no issue with the current league format, but not so in its haphazard schedulling, which has left teams paying the price, especially this year which saw the league, FA Cup and Malaysia Cup competitions running simultaneously.
"I understand that the Malaysia Cup carries a certain prestige and there are affiliates who want to have three competitions in a season. If it were up to me, I would keep the Malaysia Cup but categorise it the same as the FA Cup, so that the winners of both competitions qualify for the AFC Cup and our league is not as compact as it is now.
"But that is up to the FAM committee in charge of that," he said.
"If we want to have three competitions, maybe we have to revise the Malaysia Cup to be played at the end of the season, which means we have the league and FA Cup going on and then the Malaysia Cup right at the end.
"Definitely not like what Football Malaysia Llp (FMllp) did this year with three competitions going on at the same time as that will affect every team.
"We became the only league in the world where there were teams forced to play two matches in the space of three days. That has never happened anywhere else. To reduce the burdens on players and clubs that compete," he said.
Tunku Ismail also called for an independent referees committee made up of more professional referees, with good full-time salaries in order to raise the level and integrity of referees.

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