Melaka to start preparing for new season this week


PETALING JAYA: Melaka coach Zainal Abidin Hassan (pic) is confident the three-month period before the start of the new season is more than adequate to prepare his team.

The Super League and second-tier Premier League fixtures will run from Feb 17-Aug 21 while the FA Cup and Malaysia Cup competitions have been scheduled from March 2-Sept 11 and Sept 17-Nov 27 respectively.The M-League teams will have 12 weeks to register their squads from Nov 21-Feb 14 for the first transfer window and July 12-Aug 8 for the second.

Zainal said he understands that the situation might change due to Covid-19 as with last season when the M-League was shortened to just half a season and the cancellation of the FA Cup and Malaysia Cup.

“We will make our plans but if things change we will act accordingly. But the Malaysia Football League’s decision to start the M-League on Feb 27 gives everyone enough time to prepare and squeeze in a few friendlies, ” said Zainal, who steered Melaka to ninth placing in the 12-team Super League.

“We will start to register the players from this week (Saturday) as this will ease our planning phase... we can also start looking for players we need.

“However, like everyone else, the spike in Covid-19 cases is a concern for us because whatever we plan can be affected like what happened last season. For now, we can only hope everything will be fine.”

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