IPOH: It looks like Super League side Perak may not have the services of their import player from Uzbekistan, Oybek Kilichev.
It was found that the 27-year-old midfielder had last played three matches for Paykan in the 2015-2016 Persian Second Division League; and had not been with the Uzbekistan national team for the last three years.
According to the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) Player Status Committee deputy chairman, Abdul Aziz Yeop Jamaluddin, he said foreign players from Asian Leagues should have last played in division one or must be a current national player before they can be signed up.
"Now, Perak Football Association (PAFA) should check thoroughly whether he played in division one or for the national team.
"If he plays in the second division for five minutes, he is not eligible to play in the league."
He said FAM have a Transfer Management System (TMS) where they can check on a player’s eligibility.
"But if we miss out and someone finds out that he is ineligible, the team can protest and they (the offending team) will automatically lose the match," explained Abdul Aziz.
Kilichev was not seen during the launching of Perak’s new jersey and the unveiling of new players at a hotel in Ipoh on Sunday.
PAFA president Datuk Seri Abdul Puhat Mat Nayan said Kilichev went back to Uzbekistan to settle his university commitments.
On Kilichev's involvement in the second division league, he said: “Hopefully, technically we will be able to rectify it."
According to Abdul Puhat, Kilichev has not been registered by Perak yet and the association will wait for him to come back before proceeding further.
Perak have three other import players. They are strikers Vokhid Shodiev, 30, from Uzbekistan and Ellias Fernandes Oliveira, 24, from Brazil; and Brazilian defender Thiago Junio De Aquino, 31.
Perak will take on Kelantan in the season opener here on Feb 13.
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