MEGAH Murni, after a two –year hiatus, are back in the Football Association of Selangor (FAS) league.
Megah Murni, one of the most consistent teams in the FAS league, opted to play in the FAM competition. However after failing to make an impact in the FAM Cup for the past two seasons, Megah Murni have decided to feature in Division One of the FAS League.
Megah Murni co-ordinator M. Elangoven said the management had decided to focus on development programmes.
“We have opted to look at a junior side, probably players in the Under-21 age group, to lead Megah Murni’s challenge in the FAS league.
“We are not setting any targets as the players are young. We are looking ahead and hope to see the players gain exposure in the competitive league,’’ said Elangoven.
The FAS league has three divisions – Super, Premier and Division One – and a total 115 teams have submitted their registration.
Super Division has 17 teams divided into two groups. The top four teams, from each group, will qualify for the quarter-finals.
The Premier Division has four groups with 44 teams. After the preliminary round league, the top two teams from each group will advance to the quarter-finals.
A total 54 teams, divided into eight groups, have registered for Division One. The top two teams, from each group , will advance to the knock-out second round involving 16 teams.
The season will kick off with the FA Cup competition in mid November. The draw for the FA Cup was held in Kelana Jaya recently.
FAS competition committee deputy chairman Datuk S. Sivasundram said they were pleased with the number of teams in the league.
“Selangor is one of the few states organising a league. The purpose is to provide a platform for young players to be active in the game. It will also be an opportunity for the FAS to identify new talents.
“We are also fielding Belia Selangor, an Under-19 team, in the Super division. For the players, it will be valuable exposure as they prepare for national tournaments,” said Sivasundram.
Emkay-NPNG won a double – FA Cup and Super Division – last season. Once again Emkay-NPNG, who won the Charity Shield, the curtain raiser, for the season, will be hailed as one of the favourites.
But Emkay-NPNG coach Michael Palani was not prepared to predict their chances yet.
“It will be great to win again. But every team will be gunning for our scalp. We have to be our best. It is not going to be easy. Winning the Charity Shield against a strong team like PKNS has certainly boosted our confidence,’’ said Michael.
The Football Association of Selangor (FAS) league structure
Group A: Emkay-NPNG, Tanjong Karang, Smart Focus-MPNA, Sultan Sulaiman Club, Team Force, Selangor Indian Association-PIB, Sepang Municipal Council, Kuala Langat District Football Association.
Group B: PKNS, PNSB, Shah Alam City Council, My World, Anak Kalumpang, Klang Gate, Belia Selangor.
Group A: Rising Star, Sri Remaja, Wira-Rawang Indians, Samudera, MPKE-PJH, Bukit Kapar, Nilam Puri Dengkil, SV-Batu 30, Seranta, Malaysia Airlines, Selangor Indian Football Association-UPNM.
Group B: Royal Selangor Club, Darul Ehsan, Victoria-Red Engine, Putra-Subang City, Sharpees, Red Giants, Puchong Rangers, Cemerlang-BKL Dupont, Padang Jawa-Wira Ampang, Horizon-Mozyda, DBersatu-Glenmarie United.
Group C: Selangor Chinese Recreation Club, Kulitkraf-Two Side, Port Rangers, Damansara, BBPJ, Putra Perwira, UiTM, Saridee, Jeonsa, Medan Harmoni-PJS 1.
Group D: Batu Caves, Subang Jaya Municipal Council, MPOB, Starbrite –Permata, Klang Municipal Council, Lucky Star, Puchong Hunters, Kajang Municipal Council, B2FC, SS-Cyber Tiger, Tanjung-SCFC.
Group A: SS Putra, Kapar, Sinaran Bersatu, Batcha, Indo Ceylonese-YKK, Cenderawasih, Vulcans.
Group B: SR Kota Warisan, KC-Belarau, Kelisa-Mezclar, Selayang, Armada-Youngstarz, Bukit Rotan Baru, SK SMUTTA.
Group C: MMU, Megah Murni, Hulu Langat District Football Association- Pegasus, Sri Indah-TSB, Taman Berjaya, KHAFF, New Rangers-SSA.
Group D: Akademi PKNS, Armada Belia Pandan, BMagic-Tiger Rovers, TPCA, Kenari-F3 City, Pendamai Putra, RBK Remaja Putra.
Group E: Bukit Lanchong, AAB FC, LH-Serampunk, Soljabiru, Kajang Prisons, MAFC.
Group F: IMAN-N, Lembaga Zakat, Tunas Lagenda, PPJ, Bayu Tinggi Pegasus Star, Petaling District Football Association.
Group G: Puchong Rovers, Sunday Cowboys, Setia Jaya-PBRB, SL- Pawana United, AU2-Trojans, Ampar Tenang, Waja.
Group H: Rose-Bukit Badung, AL-Andibat, Prestige, TC-Menjalara, Gen Pro-Rawang United, Dream –MBSA, Turi.