If you didn’t know, Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim became the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) president on March 25 last year, however, he has decided to resign with immediate affect recently.
Source: Fourth Official
The shocking statement was posted on the FAM Facebook page on Thursday, March 15. According to Tunku Ismail, his resignation has relations to Malaysia’s Fifa ranking as they dropped three places from 175 to 178. To him, this was a very big failure.
Tunku Ismail was quoted as saying,
“With that being said, I think it is time that the president of FAM leave football. Thank you for everything and it has been an honour to me to serve Malaysian football. Good luck.
“To my loved Bangsa Johor and all the fans of Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) around the world, my wife and kids… Daddy’s home!”
Source: Johor Southern Tigers
The statement titled ‘History Made, It Is Time’ was posted on the Johor Southern Tiger’s Facebook page. Tunku Ismail also reflected on the financial and structural changes he has brought to FAM and local football in his near 12 months as president.
“Ever since I took up the post of FAM president, I have restructured local football, lured in sponsors to help contribute to football in the country and prepared a long-term plan for the local football with the cooperation of LaLiga.”
Source: Yahoo News
He added that he has fought for broadcasting rights for all competing teams in the Liga Malaysia, this was aimed to help manage and strengthen their financial stability.
“History is made when for the first time, all the teams have received between RM1mil to RM3mil annually, so they do not have to be dependent on government funding.
“The Under-23, Under-19 and Under-16 teams have also managed to make history when they represented the country in the highest level in Asia.”
Tunku Ismail then indicated he will remain involved in football through Johor Darul Ta’zim, the club he owns.