Captain Shukor: Do not scrap league to escape paying

  • Football
  • Thursday, 06 Aug 2020

Hard at work: Kuala Lumpur players doing the drills during a training session at the KL Football Stadium to prepare for the restart of the M-League on Aug 26. — SHAARI CHEMAT/The Star

PETALING JAYA: Some teams in the M-League have called for the cancellation of the Malaysian League this year but it could only be a ploy to escape paying salaries and honouring their financial commitments.

So says Kuala Lumpur’s talismanic captain Mohd Shukor Adan. He said it does not make sense to cancel the league, which will resume in three weeks.

Although there has been a sudden surge in Covid-19 cases, the 40-year-old said that suggestions to cancel the league apparently in the name of safety and health should not be entertained.

He said that any team management asking for the league to be cancelled were just running away from problems.

“I do not see why the league should be cancelled. They should look into financial matters which have always been there, ” said the feisty Shukor, a runner-up in the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup.

“Do not use the virus as an easy reason to run away from paying the players’ wages and respecting their contracts.”

After weeks of training and following the standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by the Malaysian Football League (MFL), the players should be allowed to do their thing.

His team’s secretary-general Nokman Mustaffa agreed, saying the league should continue to ensure the player’s “rice bowl” is not affected.

At the same time, it is needed to ensure that players who are part of the national team will have some game time before the 2022 World Cup-2023 Asian Cup qualifying campaign.

Nokman admitted that the financial state of some teams was worsening due to the movement control order (MCO), but clubs will have to be extra smart when dealing with such a situation.

“The league has to continue so the players can make a living. If it is cancelled, how will they manage their lives?

“Whatever the issue, managements will have to look for alternative ways to manage the financial situation if a sponsor pulls out.

“Plus, the President and Youth Cups have been cancelled. In a way, that helps with the first team expenditure.”

The Super and Premier League will resume on Aug 26, while the Malaysia Cup will start from Oct 17 onwards. Teams are now allowed to play friendly matches, but only Super and Premier League teams are allowed to play against each other.

Kuala Lumpur are currently fourth in the Premier League with eight points.

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