Kelantan's Super League chances get dimmer

Cassio Jesus, Kelantan
The former Super League champions' hope of sneaking back into the top division took a severe hit after FAM's latest decision on club licensing.

Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) yesterday announced that Kelantan's appeal on the first rejection of their application for a club licence has been rejected as they plans do not meet the requirements set.

Kelantan finished 11th in the 2018 Super League and were relegated to the Premier League. The second division however does not have a strict club licensing requirement for the 2019 season as it will only start the following year in 2020, as such there will be no problem for Kelantan to compete in the Premier League.

However, with Felcra FC announcing that they are contemplating on pulling out from professional football in Malaysia despite gaining promotion from the Premier League to the Super League, that opened a door slightly for Kelantan to take an opportunity.

In all likelihood should Felcra stand by their decision, the decision for Malaysia Football League (MFL) is to decide between Kelantan and MIFA, who finished third in the Premier League. The precedence could be traced back to this season that just concluded.

Felda were dropped down a division because of their failure to secure a club licence, with PKNP FC given the nod to move one division higher and chances are, the same are likely to happen this time around. All eyes will be on MFL as the next decision will be on them. 

Meanwhile, Kuala Lumpur's appeal to be granted the AFC licence has also been rejected by FAM. KL have however already secured a Malaysia club licence which allows them to compete in the Super League. They finished 10th in the table, to just about managing to stay in the division.


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