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Khairy To Meet FAM Top Brass Thursday

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KUALA LUMPUR – Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin will hold a meeting with the top brass of the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) on Thursday to find a formula to resolve the issue of the country’s football performance.

He said, however, that Johor Darul Takzim (JDT) football team owner Tengku Makhota Johor Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim would not be involved in the meeting as he is not in FAM’s executive committee.

“I will inform them on what were the recommendations that had been agreed between me and the FAM president (Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah).

“I’m just a facilitator, if the excos (members of the executive committee) agreed with it, I hope I can announce the outcome later,” he told reporters after attending a ceremony on an Islamic Studies internship programme here today.

Khairy, who will be heading to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Aug 11, said he hoped an agreement could be reached and the issue can be addressed before his departure to join the national contingent to the Rio Olympics.

On Tuesday, Khairy had a meeting with Tengku Abdullah for more than an hour to find ways to resolve the issue.

The meeting was a follow-up regarding the retirement of four Johor (JDT) players from the national squad and allegations by Tunku Ismail that the had evidence of misconduct in the main football governing body in the country. – BERNAMA

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