Nurridzuan gives thumbs-up to new KLFA Stadium pitch, Challenge Cup

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Zulhilmi Zainal
PKNS' new signing Nurridzuan Abu Hassan has given his thumbs up to the KLFA Stadium, after playing there in a friendly against Kuala Lumpur.


BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter


PKNS FC's new signing Nurridzuan Abu Hassan has given his thumbs up to the KLFA Stadium, after playing there in a pre-season friendly against Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.

The Kuala Lumpur (KL) homeground has been undergoing extensive renovation for the past few years, and has not hosted any top-level matches.

But with the City Boys winning promotion to the Super League for the 2018 season, the powers that be have sped up the renovation works to ensure that the club can play there again when the new season kicks off in February.

A casual observation made when Goal attended the friendly discovered that the basic structure of the ground is complete including the seats, lighting and electronic scoreboard. However, the ground is missing a few finishing touches, with the most obvious absence being the team benches. But there is no indication that they cannot be installed in time for KL's first match of the season.

Met by the press after the friendly which ended in a 1-0 win to the hosts, the midfielder praised the pitch.

"This ground has not hosted a match in quite some time, maybe five or six years. I think the new pitch is okay.

"I can tell the difference between the new pitch and the old one, the new one is better," said Nurridzuan.

The former Perak and Pahang player also expressed a favourable view, when asked about the recent decision by Malaysian competitions organiser Football Malaysia LLP (FMLLP) to hold a tournament for M-League clubs that do not qualify to the Malaysia Cup, beginning in 2018.

"I'm not quite clear about the specifics, but I think it's great for teams that don't qualify (to the Malaysia Cup). This way they still have competitive matches to play in," he remarked.

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