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Tuesday November 17, 2009
By ERIC SAMUEL
PETALING JAYA: Kuala Muda Naza FC have indicated their plans to withdraw from the Super League next season.
The club side, who made heads turn under former Negri Sembilan coach K. Devan to lift the Premier League title last season, are expected to close shop after barely four seasons in national domestic competitions.
Skipper Annuar Jusoh said that they were surprised to learn from Kuala Muda Naza team officials of a decision to free all the players, including those with existing contracts.
“It is a shocking piece of news we received via SMS on our status in the team next season,” he said yesterday.
“They (team officials) gave us a deadline until today (yesterday) and if we don’t hear anything from the team management, then we are free to look for a new team. They said that they did not want us to be stranded without a team and they would sort out our contracts later.”
Kuala Muda played in the top flight this year under the charge of former international Mohd Nidzam Adzha and they managed to qualify for the Malaysia Cup quarter-finals.
The team have several seasoned campaigners, including Akmal Rizal Rakhli, B. Rajanikandh, Azizon Kadir, K. Rajan, Liew Kit Kong and Fardein Kadir.
Kuala Muda will be the second team to withdraw from the Super League next season after UPB-MyTeam.
The number of teams in the Super League next season is expected to shrink from the initial 14. Perak and Penang have yet to confirm their participation due to financial constraints.
Those who have confirmed participation are Selangor, Negri Sembilan, Terengganu, Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis, KL Plus, Johor FC and promoted sides T-Team Terengganu, Johor and Harimau Muda A.
Another team who have pulled out of competition are Proton FC in the Premier League.
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