APRIL 16 brought double joy for Johor Darul Takzim assistant manager Datuk Abdul Latiff Bandi.
Hours after being named as one of the new Barisan Nasional faces for the 13th General Elections for the state seat of N32 Endau in the Mersing parliamentary constituency, Latiff took the 6pm flight to Kuala Lumpur for Johor Darul Takzim’s second leg FA Cup quarterfinal against Selangor at the Shah Alam Stadium.
The rush was worth the effort as the Southern Tigers knocked the much touted Selangor out of the FA Cup 4-2 on penalties after being tied 3-3 on aggregate.
Selangor won the first-leg at the Larkin Stadium 2-1 last Saturday. Yesterday, Johor Darul Takzim turned the tables on the Red Giants with a 2-1 win.
“It was double joy for me. I will remember April 16 for the rest of my life,” said Latiff, who is also the Johor FA treasurer.
“To beat Selangor in their own den was a joy because many had given up hope after the 2-1 defeat.
“I have been involved in politics since 1984, but didn’t expect to be picked as a candidate as a wakil rakyat. Now that I have been given the trust by the party leadership, I will do my best to serve the people.
“But before, I will have to campaign to win the seat,” added Latiff, an engineer by profession, and a well-known Class A Bumiputera contractor in Johor.
Darul Takzim will take on Pahang for a place in the final.