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HARESH SAYS: Uncertainty plagues Malaysian football

As published in Malay Mail today



By Haresh Deol
haresh@mmail.com.my

THE only thing certain in Malaysian football — is uncertainty.

Many things have been uncertain for far too long. One of them is the FA of Malaysia’s (FAM) leadership.
FAM president Tengku Abdullah Shah, who turned 57 on Saturday, has made it clear he wants out from the national body. The Pahang Crown Prince had last year announced he was ready to step down following the nation’s disastrous outings in the World Cup/Asia Cup qualifiers.

However, there were those who begged him to reconsider — for reasons best known to them. Having a member of the royal family gives them the impression that FAM will not have to worry about its finances and stature, perhaps.

Having dealt with Tengku Abdullah on many occasions, he, like his father former FAM president Sultan Ahmad Shah, has always been clear about his role in football. Both father and son have never flexed their “royal muscles” when criticised, regardless how harsh. They knew wh…