THE Kedah futsal team are training in earnest to qualify for the annual Felda-FAM National Futsal League competition which will be held in March in Shah Alam.
They will be among 16 teams involved in a qualifying process to book one of four available slots in the main draw of the competition which will also have 16 teams.
After missing out from the elite group of 16 teams in the League proper in 2010, they returned to the top flight in 2011 through the qualifying process but were relegated as they finished a lowly 15th. Last year, they failed to qualify for the League which was won by PKNS.
Their best placing since the competition started in 2007 was a fifth placing in 2008.
Kedah futsal team coordinator Amran Hamid said that the team, which are an affiliate of the Kedah Football Association, had participated in the Felda-FAM National League since its inception.
“After the success in 2008, Kedah were eliminated from the mainstream top 16 elite teams the following year. Since then, Kedah have been in and out of the League proper.
“We have found it extremely difficult to get past the qualifying rounds. But we are making a concerted effort to get back into the national league,” Amran said.
The Kedah squad had been undergoing training for over a month under the able supervision of former national captain Mohd Saiful Md Noor.
The squad, with an average age of 24 among their players, had been playing friendly matches against local clubs to prepare for the qualifying rounds which would be held early next month.
The 2013 League will be contested by the top 12 finishers in last year’s League and another four top teams from the qualifying competition.
The Kedah squad: Mazakir Mahsim, Mohd Azhar Rosli, Nor Hamidrul Salleh, Mohd Shafiq Zulfakar Rahman, Asriman Shah Mat Tahir, Fazrul Maidin, Izzul Shazwan Ibrahim, Mohd Khairul Nazir, Samsul Abdul Latiff, Mohd Shahmi Abdullah Sani, Shafirul Ikwan Shazuan and Mohd Asrul Hamizam Azaman.
Coach: Mohd Saiful Md Noor. Manager: Nesar Ahmad Khan Rafi Ahmad Khan.
Coordinator: Amran Hamid.