Super League team JDT owner Tunku Ismail has been slated to be one of the three shortlisted candidates for the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) presidency when the election takes place on March 25 this year.
The Johor crown prince, also known as TMJ, is expected to vie for the top job along with Aseh Che Mat, who is the mayor of Malaysia’s government hub Putrajaya.
Former Kelantan FA president Annuar Musa is the other candidate shortlisted by one of FAM’s affiliates before the final list of nominees closes on Monday.
TMJ is said to have received five nominations from the affiliates, while 12 other affiliates are believed to have shortlisted Aseh Che Mat.
“These affiliates believe in Aseh’s abilities. Besides, he was recommended by TMJ himself for the president post,” said FAM executive committee member Mohd Yusof Mahadi
TMJ is nominated, despite ruling himself out of the position on numerous occasions.
The JDT boss has previously said he was not the right candidate for the job, as he still had a lot more to contribute to Johor football.
FAM will need a candidate who is capable of changing the current hierarchy and style of management to lift Malaysian football, which has been in rapid decline.
A group stage exit at the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup highlighted its deficiencies, which culminated following a horrendous 2018 World Cup qualifying where the national team suffered three humiliating losses to the United Arab Emirates (10-0) and Palestine (6-0 and 6-0).
Current president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah has publicly washed his hands of the role in 2016, and did not attend a single FAM function in 2016.
The final list of candidates will be presented to the FAM executive board on Feb 20 to determine the right candidates for the new term.