Kelantan make desperate plea to ex-players to be patient


  • Football
  • Saturday, 23 May 2020

PETALING JAYA: Cash-strapped Kelantan Football Association (Kafa) are pleading for understanding from their former players as the club continue to struggle financially.

The Red Warriors’ former skipper Mohd Badhri Radzi (pic) has already slammed the team’s management for failing to settle wages arrears and the east coast side are in hot water after FIFA ordered them to pay former Brazilian player Cassio De Jesus RM629,620.28 in salary arrears.

Kafa have filed an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) last week to have the payment postponed.

Kafa secretary-general Husin Deraman has asked former coaching staff and players to understand the team’s situation and give them space to solve the problem.

He added that they are not shirking their responsibility and would continue working on settling the arrears.

“We don’t have the funds to pay the wage arrears at the moment. We are not avoiding payment or don’t want to pay, but the movement control order (MCO) due to Covid-19 has really affected our financial plans.

“We have a list of players to whom we owe salaries and we will not abandon them. We will settle it. For Badhri, if we can’t solve his arrears, we will not get the licence to play in the M-League next season, so we will settle his dues soon.”

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