M-League teams can register three import players next season

The Football Association of Malaysia is allowing M-League teams to register a maximum of three import players starting next season, but one of them must be from Asia
This year, clubs have only been allowed to register two import players but the competition chairman of Football Association of Malaysia (FAM), Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amid, has said that the proposal to increase the quota to three players was agreed by council members during an exco meeting, which was chaired by FAM President Sultan Ahmad Shah.

However, there are some specifics in the rule: Teams must register at least one player from an Asian country and they must try to avoid signing goalkeepers.

Speaking to the reporters after the meeting, Hamidin said: "We are aware of the need to increase the number of import players for each team since some of the teams, like Kelantan and Selangor play in bigger competitions, especially the AFC Cup."

There will also be a committee, chaired by Hamidin himself and comprising of some experts who will look at the possibility of privatising the M-League starting from 2015.

"The committee will consist of representatives from the National Sports Council, sports administrators at the national level and representatives from local universities as well.

"The Committee will then meet AFC to get some feedback, suggestions and views on the privatisation process before being tabled in the FAM Congress," he added.

Hamidin said that the move to privatise the M-League would ensure a more professional administration and approach, as well as higher profits and a greater level of competitiveness.

He also added that the Article 88 Statute in FAM's Constitution would also be discussed in detail during the FAM's 49th Annual Congress.