Satiananthan takes the blame

Selangor used to be the Kings of Malaysian football. Many teams feared playing against them in the past. However, the Red Giants are now struggling to make an impact in the Super League. On Saturday, Selangor were battered and bruised by reigning champions Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) in a Super League match at the Sultan Ibrahim Stadium in Iskandar Puteri. An inspired JDT showed no mercy as they pumped in half-a-dozen goals past Selangor for a 6-1 victory. Safawi Rasid (45th and 49th minutes), Diogo Santo (64th), Gonzalo Cabrera (67th)…

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Turbulent flight awaits Red Eagles

After being “forced” to flee their nest by the coronavirus, the Red Eagles are now bracing themselves for an exhaustive flight next week. Unlike their Super League rivals, Kedah will have to play two matches away over six days. Due to unforeseen circumstances caused by the virus, Kedah coach Aidil Sharin Sahak has found himself having to readjust the team’s training, one which focuses on quick recovery. His team will play Sabah in Kuala Lumpur on Monday and against Pahang in Kuantan five days later. Aidil said he will have…

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KL on course for Super League return

Kuala Lumpur are on the verge of promotion to the Super League after they blanked TFC II 4-1 in a Premier League match in Cheras on Saturday. Francis Kone (10th and 47th minutes), Paulo Josue (20th) and Zhafri Yahya (90th) netted for the City Boys while TFC II replied through Jordan Mintah (81st). Penang, who edged JDT II 2-1, and KL have collected 17 points each with the former at the top of the standings on goal difference. The top two teams will be promoted to the Super League next…

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National U-19 squad given a proper lesson

What a bashing! The national Under-19 squad, who are preparing for the AFC Championship, were handed a lesson in football by Super League side PJ City FC in a closed-door friendly at the Plus Mini Stadium in Petaling Jaya on Wednesday. K. Devan’s side hammered Brad Maloney’s young guns 6-1 with goals from Mahali Jasuli (37th minute), R. Kogileswaran (45th and 60th), Washington Brandao (47th), Yugan Poobathy (85th) and Jeremy Lim (89th). Fakrul Iman Naszari responded for the Under-19 side, who were without striker Luqman Hakim Shamsudin, in the 51st…

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It's up to Selangor to 'naturalise' Armin

If Armin Maier Rafi, who is of Malaysian-German-Singaporean ancestry, wants to be a naturalised footballer in Malaysia, it is up to his team, Selangor 11, said the FA of Malaysia (FAM). FAM secretary general Stuart Ramalingam said the FA of Selangor should do the naturalisation process if they are serious about having Armin Maier under their local quota for the M-League. “There is nothing on our side because the club is the one who does the naturalisation. We are not the ones pursuing his conversion (to naturalised player). “If he’s…

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Suspended PFA sneak back into M3 league

It is learnt that Perlis United, who played in the M3 League this year, now own PFA. PFA are serving a two-year Fifa suspension for failing to settle salary arrears of players and coaches. Earlier this year, Perlis United, previously known as Tambun Tulang Sports Community Club, were handed the green light by the Malaysian Football League (MFL) to play in the M3 League. The FA of Malaysia (FAM) will now look into this as the national body will be managing the M3 and M4 Leagues from next year, taking…

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JDT academy gets SupaRimau recognition

The Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) academy is the first grassroots academy in the country to receive the FA of Malaysia (FAM) SupaRimau Gold Member Plaque and certificate. The SupaRimau Plaque is FAM’s initiative and commitment to improving the standards of national football academies and put them on the right track at the grassroots football level. JDT technical director Alistair Edwards said the recognition was a motivation for the academy to work harder to achieve excellence and success. “We are thrilled in a number of ways that our academy is recognised…

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Kedah FA to settle arrears in stages

Kedah have admitted that they have not paid their players and officials since March. The Kedah FA (KFA), in a statement, said they will, however, settle the salary arrears in stages with players and officials set to receive their wages for March by Aug 15. The statement also read that the team management will discuss with the players and official in regard to salary arrears for April, May, June and July. “A special finance committee will be formed to look into this,” said KFA president Sanusi Md Nor yesterday. He…

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UAE a new-look team with serious intent

The United Arab Emirates will be well-oiled when they face Malaysia in a pre-World Cup Group G match in Dubai on Oct 8. UAE’s 28-member squad will be in Serbia from tomorrow to Aug 25 to prepare for their qualifying campaign, under new coach Jorge Luis Pinto. The Middle East team are determined to muscle up and make it count in Group G. They are fourth in the group, behind Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand, with six points after four matches. The other teams have played five matches compared to UAE’s…

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Curtains come down for AFF Cup this year

There will be no AFF Cup action this year. The Asean Football Federation (AFF) yesterday confirmed that the AFF Cup, scheduled for November, has been postponed to next year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. For AFF, the health and safety of the players, coaches, partners, fans and the public are paramount, and the decision to postpone the tournament to next year will safeguard the well-being of the concerned parties. The AFF Cup task force committee held extensive discussions before reaching this decision. “Since the onset of Covid-19, the AFF have…

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