KUALA LUMPUR – The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) hope to assist the Kelantan Football Association (KAFA) to settle the issue of stadium to play their Super League matches during the month of Ramadan.
FAM secretary-general Datuk Hamidin Mohamad Amin said since the Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium management in Kota Baharu had refused permission to use the stadium during the Ramadan month, the FAM would discuss the matter with KAFA and the stadium board.
“We received a letter from KAFA last week…the chairman of the local competition committee Datuk Seri Afandi Hamzah is discussing the issue with the stadium board and KAFA.
“I hope we can get an answer in one or two days. We will see the options available before making any decision,” he told reporters after the National squad’s training session at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil, here today.
Last Thursday, the Kelantan Exco for Sports Datuk Abdul Fattah Mahmood said KAFA would have to look for an alternative venue to play their Super League matches during the month of Ramadan since the compound of the stadium would be used for the Madinah Ramadan programme.
Meanwhile, National head coach Dollah Salleh hoped his boys would bounce back from the disappointing 1-1 draw against Timor Leste when they face Palestine in their second Group A 2018 World Cup Qualifier at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil, tomorrow.
Palestine may have lost 2-3 to Saudi Arabia in their first match at the Prince Mohamed Fahd Stadium in Dammam, Saudi Arabia but the winning goal scored by Saudi only came in the final minute.
“We therefore cannot underestimate the strength of our opponent. They look to be a well prepared team,” said Dollah who confirmed that the injured Putera Nadher Amarhan Maderner would not be fielded while the fate of Joseph Kalang Tie would be known after the final training session.
Meanwhile, Palestine coach Abdel Nasser Barakat who had made drastic changes to the team that saw action in the 2015 AFC Cup hosted by Australia in January, was confident of clinching a victory tomorrow.
“Most of the players are new, about 15 new players aged between 20-24 to build our new strong team for the future. We need to win this game because we lost the first game. The win is important to make a good start and give confidence to the team to make way for the next matches,” he said.
The 2018 World Cup Qualifier will also serve as the qualifier for the 2019 Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Malaysia are drawn in Group A with UAE, Palestine, Saudi Arabia and Timor-Leste. – BERNAMA