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Saturday October 12, 2013 MYT 8:47:00 PM
Saturday October 12, 2013 MYT 8:48:48 PM
by eric samuel
Striker Marlon James celebrates with fans after Armed Forces beat Lions XII 4-1 in the second leg of the Malaysia Cup quarter-finals at the Selayang Stadium on Oct 4, 2013. Armed Forces will be hoping for continued good fortune when they take on Kelantan Oct 18, 2013, in the first leg of the semis at the same stadium.
PETALING JAYA: The first leg of the Malaysia Cup semi-final between Armed Forces and Kelantan on Oct 18 will now be played at its original venue of the Selayang Stadium.
The FA of Malaysia (FAM) secretary Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin said that the Armed Forces FA have appealed to have the home game played at the original venue after having earlier requested for the match to be played at the Shah Alam Stadium.
“It is their home game and we have decided to accept their appeal to revert the first-leg match of the semi-finals to be played at the Selayang Stadium. The home team have assured us that they would provide adequate security,” said Hamidin at a press conference at the Sultan Mohd IV Stadium in Kota Baru on Saturday night.
Last week, Armed Forces coach B. Sathianathan had said that he would prefer to play the first leg at the bigger Shah Alam Stadium in anticipation of a huge fan turnout.
When contacted Saturday, Sathianathan admitted that it was a mistake and that he should have taken the players into consideration before making the request for a change in venue.
“The players like it at Selayang and are more comfortable playing there. So, why lose this advantage,” said Sathianathan.
The soldiers, with a meagre 300 supporters, were expected to face Kelantan’s red army of about 50,000 fans, if the first leg of the Malaysia Cup semi-finals was to be played at the Shah Alam Stadium. The Selayang Stadium has a smaller capacity of 15,000 compared to the 80,000-seater Shah Alam Stadium.
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