KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal, who is known by many as a visionary sports administrator, has confirmed that he will relinquish his position as president of the FA of Selangor (FAS).
The 53-year-old, who was elected as president in February last year, will state his intention to step down to the affiliates of FAS at Thursday’s executive committee meeting in Kelana Jaya.
Subahan also confirmed that his deputy Datuk Seri Shahril Mokhtar will also relinquish his post.
FAS will then call for an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) to elect the new president and deputy president.
It is learnt that Raja Muda Selangor Tengku Amir Shah Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah is expected to replace Subahan.
“Yes, I will inform the affiliates on Thursday my intention to step down. Currently, I have a lot of commitments as I am also the president of the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) and deputy president of the FA of Malaysia (FAM).
“In hockey, I want to focus on helping Malaysia qualify for the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020. Apart from my commitments in sports, I also have to focus on my businesses.
“I have been in talks with a huge English Premier League club who are keen to work with Selangor. I will link the club to the new president. The club wants to build their presence in this part of the world and may support Selangor financially.
“All unsettled expenses will be paid up by this week. I will continue to support Selangor from the outside as I am a diehard fan. It has been an honour to serve FAS.”
On whether he is happy with Selangor’s achievements under his leadership, Subahan said: “As president of FAS, I believe I have carried out my tasks well.
“Selangor is one of the few clubs in the M-League that are actually self-funded without any assistance from the government. As an association, I think we have done well.
“I do not agree that we are not doing well this year. We may be ninth currently in the standings but I believe the team will be in the top-six at the end of the season.
“Furthermore, we are in the FA Cup semi-finals and if things go well, the club may just make the final and win it.
“I did tell the fans and critics not to expect miracles from Selangor this season. We took a gamble my promoting our young players from the President’s Cup and they are doing reasonably well in the league.
“The idea is to expose them this season and I am confident they will be good enough to don national colours in three years time,” said Subahan.
On the proper procedure in electing a new president and deputy president, Subahan said FAS will hold an EGM for the elections.
“The affiliates will nominate and vote in the new president and deputy president. I have informed my secretary Rosman Mohd Ibrahim to do the necessary.
“I have been made to understand that certain quarters are keen to come in and helm the association. As I was elected in accordance to the constitution, I will leave accordingly based on the rules via a proper handing over,” Subahan added.