KOTA BAHARU: Financial problems faced by the Kelantan Football Association (KAFA) due to a lack of major sponsors has resulted in the team’s poor performance said KFAFA President Tan Sri Annuar Musa.
Annuar said the lack of financial support has been identified as a critical reason for the poor run of results in the M-League competition and if the situation continued, things could get worst.
“KAFA are accumulating debts due to the high cost involved in managing the team. Due to the lack of financial support, we are not able to match the ‘big’ teams in the league.
“The situation is critical and may get even worst and result in the team ‘closing shop’. I will continue to try and help out…after changing the coach and bringing in new import players, we need to work on improving the physical and mental condition of the players,” he said in his Facebook posting Sunday.
Annuar also urged the fans and supporters to stay calm and continue supporting the team, even if the team was going through a tough time.
“To match big teams in the M-League we need to have good import and local players because the big teams can afford to sign better players. We will work had to improve our position in the Super League and try to qualify for the FA Cup and Malaysia Cup semifinals…it is going to be difficult,” he said.
Kelantan are expected to field its new foreign signings when facing Sime Darby FC in their second leg quarterfinal at the Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium in Kota Baharu on Tuesday.
“We will field all our imports… Austin Amutu, Gilmar Jose Dis Santos Filho and Erwin Carillo…for the first time,” he said.
After eight matches, Kelantan are 10th in the Super League table with seven points after two wins and a draw.