Felda’s Nidzam hopes for fair play in allocation of venues

  • Football
  • Tuesday, 12 May 2020

PETALING JAYA: Felda United coach Nidzam Jamil hopes that venues for the remaining seven matches to complete this year’s Covid-19-interrupted M-League will be allocated fairly.

The Malaysian Football League (MFL) have proposed that the Super League resume on Sept 1 and the Premier League on Sept 2.

Only one round, instead of two, will be played, leaving seven matches left to decide the final Super League standings of 2020.

Nidzam said the home-and-away matches for the remaining seven matches must be drawn fairly.

“There’s a chance of some teams having more home matches than away matches. We need to be fair on this. Travelling time can affect a team’s preparation as we are facing a tight fixture, ” said Nidzam.

“The seven matches will decide if teams get relegated. It will be difficult to get teams to compromise on the venues because relegation is at stake and I don’t think anyone would want to take the risks.

“The MFL have to come up with a system to ensure impartiality in their decision. And also the seventh game should be played on a neutral venue to ensure fairplay.

“I personally feel that the relegation is essential but under the current situation, only one team and not two should be relegated. It is unfair to gauge a team’s strength over 11 matches played over one round only.”

Felda, nicknamed The Fighters, are currently fifth in the 12-team Super League with five points after four matches.

However, no decision has been made yet regarding relegation or promotion in the M-League. It will only be decided at a board meeting next month.

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