ALOR STAR: The Kedah Football Association (KFA) will submit an appeal to the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) over the omission of the state football squad from the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) Cup competitions next year.
Its vice president Datuk Badrul Hisham Hashim said KFA is still waiting for an official letter from the national football governing body notifying it that the state football team has lost the slot in the AFC for failing to meet license requirements.
"So far, we have yet to receive an official letter from FAM, so I cannot comment further. But if it is confirmed, we will appeal to FAM (on the omission),” he said when met on the sidelines of the state legislative assembly meeting here on Tuesday.
Badrul was commenting on news reports that the FA Cup champion had failed to qualify for the AFC’s Cup competitions and that its slot has been given to the runner up, Pahang.
Badrul Hisham said KFA is still not losing hope for the 'Lang Merah' squad to play on the AFC Cup stage.
"(Playing) on the AFC stage will provide good exposure for our players,” he said.
It was reported that Kedah failed to meet one of the six criteria set by the FAM to obtain a licence to play in AFC Cup next year.
Based on regulations, Johor Datul Ta’zim (JDT), which defended the Super League title; and Kedah, which won the FA Cup, automatically qualified for the two spots from Malaysia in the AFC Cup.
However, only JDT has met all six criteria.