PETALING JAYA: The Kedah Football Association (KFA) are finally waking up to the quandary they are in and the gears are shifting in the row over the players’ wages.
Twenty three Kedah players have made an official complaint to the Professional Footballers Association of Malaysia (PFAM) after going without salaries for five months.
KFA president Muhd Sanusi Md Nor, who chaired Kedah’s exco meeting yesterday, said the team management would settle the wages arrears in stages with the March salary to be settled from mid August.
The wages from April to July salaries will be settled after a payment negotiation between the players and the management is completed.
He said KFA needed a minimum of RM25mil to run the team this season and owe the Employees Provident Fund and Inland Revenue Board a total of RM3.8mil. A special finance committee will be tasked with seeking new sponsors to bring the team out of the red.
“The special committee will help find a win-win situation for the players and association, ” Sanusi said in a statement issued by KFA yesterday.
He said the plan was to overcome financial burden which started from September 2019.
Sanusi, who is also Kedah Mentri Besar, said KFA would retain the team’s management staff until the end of the season but the number of appointments would be reviewed to reduce the team’s budget next season.
He revealed that the Red Eagles currently employ 48 people including players and officials.
To bolster the management of the team, Sanusi has appointed former Kedah legend Radhi Mat Din as the team’s management committee chairman.
Kedah are expected to play four friendly matches in Selangor, Perak and Alor Setar as part of their preparations for the resumption of the M-League on Aug 26. The FA Cup winners are currently placed seventh out of 12-teams in the Super League standings after collecting four points from four matches.
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