Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah is to resign as president of Football Association of Malaysia following national team’s disastrous 10-0 defeat to UAE in the 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup joint qualifiers.
His announcement comes after Youth and Sports Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin issued a possible suspension for the Harimau Malaya’s football governing body on Sunday.
However, Tengku Abdullah insisted that he would withdraw in stages soon after his tasks within FAM to improve the performance of the national football team was completed.
“I will withdraw in stages because there is still much in FAM which I have to settle (before stepping down) to make it easier for all parties,” he said was quoted by Bernama.
“I will suggest that FAM appoint Datuk Afandi (FAM deputy president, Datuk Seri Afandi Hamzah) as acting president because I no longer want to play an active role (in FAM).”
Regarding the disgraceful defeat to UAE, Tengku Abdullah clearly expressed his disappointment and revealed that the departing coach Dollah Salleh was never his choice to lead the national team.
“This is a very embarrassing and shameful loss, I cannot accept it. We have accepted Dollah Salleh’s resignation and I do not want it prolonged,” he added.
“From the beginning, Dollah Salleh was not my pick, but the technical committee wanted him. This is not an excuse, but I have previously stated my preference for a foreign coach, that is why I am aggrieved.”