KOTA BAHARU – The Kelantan Football Association (KAFA) assured its players that their wages would be paid soon.
KAFA president Tan Sri Annuar Musa said players should therefore focus on preparations for the Malaysia Cup competition.
“In two weeks, their salary will be banked into their accounts, although not in full. They (players) must also improve their performances to repay the trust of the fans,” he told reporters at the Kelantan State Sports Council, Sunday night.
Reports in the media claimed KAFA had failed to pay the salary of players for the months of July and August.
Annuar said KAFA had until August spent RM11.6 million to manage the team compared with RM8 million last season.
“The amount (RM11.6 million) was collected from three main sources, commercial sponsorship, ticket sales and contributions,” he said.
He said Kelantan’s poor results in the Super League (finished 9th in the Super League), resulted in a lack of sponsorship and support from fans.
“We had a discussion with the team management and the players and decided that the players must give their best to ensure positive results to bring back the fans and sponsors,” he said adding that he had also written to the Kelantan state government to financially assist the association.