FAM to clear up JDT-Terengganu dispute on Friday

PETALING JAYA: The FA of Malaysia (FAM) will try to resolve the dispute between Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) and Terengganu – over the postponement of their Malaysia Cup quarter-final return-leg match – at Wisma FAM in Kelana Jaya on Friday.

Local competitions committee chairman Datuk Seri Affendy Hamzah has called both parties to attend a table-talk in a bid to find an amicable solution.

“We want both sides to discuss it first before we come to a conclusion,” said Affendy.

The Terengganu FA (TFA) will be represented by deputy president Marzuki Sulong and secretary general Arpin Deraman at Friday’s meeting.

FAM president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, who chaired the exco meeting at Wisma FAM on Thursday, hoped that the matter would be resolved “in the best interest of the game”.

“Our first intention in revising the Malaysia Cup fixtures was to facilitate the national team ... to give them more time to prepare for the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup next month. It was for this purely for this reason,” said Tengku Abdullah.

Asked what would happen if both parties stuck to their guns, Tengku Abdullah said he was not an “ahli nujum” (fortune teller).

The two teams were supposed to meet in the return-leg match at the Larkin Stadium in Johor Baru on Saturday after the first leg in Kuala Terengganu last Friday ended 0-0.

The controversy began when FAM, on Tuesday, granted Johor FA’s (JFA) request to postpone the return-leg clash to Oct 17.

The JFA had requested for the postponement citing midfielder Hariss Harun’s call-up to the Singapore national team for two friendlies – against Hong Kong (Friday) and Macau (Oct 14).

The late decision did not go down well with the TFA, who lodged a protest with FAM on Thursday.

The Turtles have threatened a no-show if the fixture is fixed for Oct 17.

“We will agree to any date before the 17th. It can be on the 12th, 13th or 14th .. but we won’t play on the 17th. If FAM decide to fix it for the 17th, we will not show up,” TFA president Datuk Wan Ahmad Nizam Wan Abdul Hamid said at a press conference in Kuala Terengganu on Thursday.

“FAM should have met us first prior to fixing the new date. They did not even seek our advice in postponing it to Oct 17.”

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