Kedah coach wary of proposed Super League fixtures


  • Football
  • Tuesday, 05 May 2020

PETALING JAYA: One might think that Kedah would be overjoyed following the new development on restarting the M-League.

The Malaysian Football League’s (MFL) have proposed that the Super League resumes on Sept 1-2 and ends on Sept 26-27 with matches played in a single round.

The Malaysia Cup will begin on Oct 17-18 with the final on Nov 7.

And if the season is called off, Kedah will get to play in the 2021 AFC Cup by virtue of being the 2019 FA Cup winners.

However, Red Eagles coach Aidil Sharin is hoping to get more clarification on the Super League fixtures which will only have seven matches.

“I think it’s just not us who will have problems, but all the other teams as well.

“We all need to adapt quickly. For me personally it will be tough, we need to be on top form in all seven matches,” said the Singaporean.

“We have yet to know about our fixtures. Before the suspension, our fixtures were against Pahang, Felda and Police which are away matches. We are not based in central Malaysia and travelling by bus can take up to nine hours.

“It looks like we will play two matches per week and this is not ideal if we take into account the time we are on the road.

“So, I think we need more clarification on this issue. There are so many uncertainties.”

Kedah started their 2020 season early with some great performances in AFC Champions League playoffs in January but had trouble rediscovering their touch when the Super League began on Feb 28.

After four Super League matches, they record a win, a draw and two defeats.

And it is something that worries Aidil as his men have not had proper training for a long period. And plans to allow five substitutions during a match might not really soften the blow playing in a tight schedule.

“The five-player substitution might work to keep players fresh but football is not just about fitness. We need to see substitution from a tactical point of view as well.

“I see all these setbacks as a challenge. We are facing unprecedented issues and we will strive to stay on top.”

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