KL, Terengganu may require special permission to obtain M-League license

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BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter

Although Premier League sides Kuala Lumpur (KL) and Terengganu have recently confirmed their top-two finish in the league, their promotion to the 2018 Super League is not confirmed yet.

This is due to the club licensing requirement that needs to be met by all Super League (MSL) sides beginning next season.

M-League organiser Football Malaysia LLP (FMLLP) told Berita Harian that the two sides need to obtain their licenses first. 

But according to FMLLP CEO Kevin Ramalingam, although both clubs have begun the process of obtaining their licenses, they may need a special permission to compete in the top tier.

"For Kuala Lumpur and Terengganu, they may need to attain a level of qualification (that is equal to those of MSL teams').

"But if the applications of Kuala Lumpur and Terengganu are insufficient, they may be given a leeway and an extension to fulfill the key requirements, including the teams' financial status.

"This decision is at the discretion of FAM club licensing's First Instance Body (FIB), and the Premier League club licensing department has yet to meet," said Kevin earlier this week.

KL and Terengganu both confirmed their top-two finish in the league last Tuesday with their respective wins in the penultimate round, and the final round will see them fight for the league title.

FMLLP has required M-League clubs to acquire their licenses by the start of the 2018 season, while second tier sides need to do so before 2019.

So far, only seven clubs have obtained the competition license; JDT, PKNS FC, Selangor, Pahang, Perak, Pulau Pinang and T-Team FC.