FAM give King Raja the licence to experiment

The Malaysian Super League fixtures has been altered to provide more space for Datuk K. Rajagopal to organize training camps for the national team
There will be no more excuses for Datuk K. Rajagopal as he seeks to prepare a formidable side for the upcoming Asian Cup qualifiers. The Football Association of Malaysia has adjusted the Malaysian Super League calendar, to provide more space for Rajagopal's national team training camps.

The congested fixture has often arranged to accomodate national team preparations but FAM's decision to further alter it is a sign that they would be expecting no more excuses from King Raja when the qualifiers kick off in February.

"We go through this situation [altering fixtures] every single year," the Head of Local Competition Comittee Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin told Berita Harian.

"If we want to continue the league fixtures as usual, we could probably have one matchday in a week but nevertheless, I believe that the alteration that we have made is good enough."

Datuk Hamidin also went on to add that further changes could be enforced should the national team receive friendly match invitations from top class teams.

"If Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo were to come down and face us, we have to make changes to the fixture again. In Europe, it's easier because international matches are usually accomodated by breaks in the European leagues.

Meanwhile, FAM have also confirmed that the Charity Shield match between Kelantan and ATM will take place in the Shah Alam Stadium, instead of the Bukit Jalil Stadium.

"After examining both grounds, we concluded that the grass in Shah Alam seems to be much better right now. Thus, the Charity Shield match will be held there."

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