KUALA LUMPUR – Kedah will not be playing in the AFC Cup competition next year despite having won the FA Cup after the Kedah Football Association (KFA) had failed to meet the criteria set by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and submit the relevant documents within the stipulated time.
Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) secretary-general Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin in a joint statement with the Football Malaysia Limited Liability Partnership (FMLLP) said Kedah would not participate in the AFC Cup after failing to secure a ‘Licence’.
The statement said KFA had not submitted the audited accounts within the stipulated time because the Financial report is a compulsory document and only documents that are uploaded onto the AFC Club Licensing Administrative System (CLAS) will be reviewed to ensure that the licence is issued correctly.
“Only clubs that fulfill the requirement and submit the relevant documents needed by the FAM will be issued the licence by AFC. As of the closing date, KFA had not submitted the audited accounts and report and that means Kedah will not be playing in the AFC Cup competition,” he said.
Hamidin stressed that AFC licence is issued based on strict guidelines set by the AFC and not as claimed by some that the FAM was not fair to KFA in the issue of AFC licence.