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The national team, led by coach Tan Cheng Hoe, had already scheduled two friendlies, including against Palestine, during the Fifa window from August 30 to September 7 for international matches. Photo via Twitter / bernamadotcom

KUALA LUMPUR, August 9 The national soccer team, which will take part in the third round of the 2023 Asian Cup qualifiers next February, are disappointed that their candidacy to host friendly soccer matches at the end of this month has failed. has not been approved by the competent authorities. .

Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) general secretary Stuart Ramalingam said they have yet to receive the required permission or relaxation to host international friendlies during the FIFA match window. international from August 30 to September 7.

He said the other countries involved could no longer wait for FAM to get clearance and decided to make other plans for their respective teams.

He said that as such, the FAM decided to let the Malaysian Football League (MFL) host Malaysian League (M-League) matches during this period.

“However, FAM’s goal now is to make early plans and preparations to secure new teams for friendlies in the next FIFA window available for international matches, which takes place October 4-12.

“This is to prepare Harimau Malaya’s team for the 2020 Asian Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup in December and also for the 2023 Asian Cup qualifiers from next February. that our candidacy this time will be taken into account and will obtain the rapid approval of the competent authorities, ”he said in a statement.

The national team, led by coach Tan Cheng Hoe, had already scheduled two friendlies, including against Palestine, during the Fifa window from August 30 to September 7 for international matches.

Meanwhile, MFL General Manager Datuk Ab Ghani Hassan said several M-League games postponed, especially those involving Kedah Darul Aman (KDA) FC and Kuching City FC (KCFC) after some of their team members have tested positive for Covid-19, are said to take place during this time.

He said this included the five Super League games involving KDA FC and seven Premier League games involving KFCF which had to be postponed due to Covid-19.

Ab Ghani said the Week 18 Super League matches will start on August 13 while the Weeks 19-22 matches will run from August 20 to September 12, with postponed matches to be held between the stipulated Super League matches and of the Premier League.

“So the last week of the league matches would run simultaneously,” he said in a separate statement.

“It will be fair to determine the final league standings, in terms of promotion and relegation as well as qualifying places for the AFC Champions League, the AFC Cup, the Cup. of Malaysia and the Challenge Cup for next season, “he explained.

Ab Ghani also said the National Security Council (MKN) has rejected the MFL’s request that only officials and players who test positive for Covid-19 undergo the 14-day quarantine, as well as players who are in close contact. (but not positive) would have to undergo a 10-day quarantine and are not allowed to conduct training sessions during their quarantine period. Bernama


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