KUALA LUMPUR – Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah is ready to take a step up and join FIFAâ€™s 26-member Executive Committee (exco).
The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) supremo threw his hat into the ring with the launch of his manifesto, â€œ1Asia 1Voiceâ€.
There are six candidates vying for the three Asian Football Confederation (AFC) spots in the FIFA exco.
The other five candidates are believed to be from Thailand, Jordan, Japan, South Korea and Qatar.
The AFC election to choose the three candidates will be held next April.
Tengku Abdullah vowed that he would fight for more Asian representatives in the World Cup and in the FIFA exco if elected.
â€œWe are the largest continent, with the highest population in the world. Half of the sponsorship FIFA receive are from Asia,â€ Tengku Abdullah said at a press conference.
â€œSo, I think asking a little bit of increase in our representation in the World Cup and the exco is timely.
â€œAs for Malaysian football, should I win, it will be able to enhance FIFAâ€™s assistance and know-how to improve our world ranking.
â€œIf I lose, I wonâ€™t hold any posts in FIFA. Itâ€™s a big risk but I believe I have a good chance of securing a seat based on merit.â€
The 55-year-old Tengku Abdullah denied that holding too many posts would hinder his contribution to sports.
He currently holds the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) presidentâ€™s post and is one of the five AFC vice-presidents.
In August, he announced that he would not defend his Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) presidentâ€™s post at their congress in December.
â€œItâ€™s a perception that all these responsibilities are time-consuming … itâ€™s all about time management actually, you need good office and staff,â€ said Tengku Abdullah.
â€œFootball has always been my first love and I have big plans to improve Malaysian football, but I need a year to get the foundation right.â€ – Bernama