PETALING JAYA: Kelantan are expected to play all their home matches in the afternoon because of poor lighting in the Sultan Mohamed IV Stadium in Kota Baru.
The FA of Malaysia (FAM) secretary general, Datuk Dell Akbar Khan, said that their inspection team found that the stadium was not suitable to be the venue for night matches.
Kelantan have four teams in the M-League. The state team play in Premier I while their Premier II outfits are Kelantan TNB, SKMK and newcomers Kelantan JPS.
“We will call the team officials for a meeting tomorrow to discuss the best possible way to get on with their league matches this season,” said Dell yesterday.
JPS are not affected by the situation at the Sultam Mohamed IV Stadium because they have been directed by the competitions committee to play their home matches at the Sultan Ismail Stadium in Kuala Terengganu.
Meanwhile, Kuala Lumpur will play all their first round matches at home in the KL Football Stadium in Cheras. The City team, demoted to Premier II this season, will be away in the second round because of renovation works at the stadium.
Premier II's Negri Sembilan, on the other hand, will play all their home matches away this season at the Stadium Hang Tuah in Malacca following upgrading works at the Tuanku Abdul Rahman Stadium in Paroi for the 2004 Sukma.
The M-League kicks off with the Charity Shield match between FA Cup champions Penang and Malaysia Cup winners Selangor at the State Stadium in Batu Kawan on Feb 9.