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FAM have decided against extending King Raja's contract, while MSL teams will now be allowed four foreign players in their side

Datuk K. Rajagopal will be ending his tenure as the Malaysian national team head coach soon, after the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) decided against extending his contract in an exco meeting earlier today.

King Raja's teams are scheduled to expire on the 31st of December, but there were talks of King Raja being allowed to extend his tenure until the last qualification game against Yemen.

However, they announced in a press conference after the meeting, that he will leave office at the end of the year, and a new head coach is likely to be in place for that game against Yemen.

Over 70 applications have been received for the job post, though FAM stated that Datuk Ong Kim Swee will temporarily take charge if a replacement is not finalised by the 31st of December.

The Exco meeting also concluded several other issues, among which is the foreign player quota. It is now official that Malaysian teams would be allowed up to four foreigners, with one Asian quota, though only a maximum of three will be allowed to be on the pitch in one particular match.

The venue for the 2014 Charity Shield match between Pahang and LionsXII has also been confirmed, with Pahang being drawn as the home side, and the match will also act as an official league game.