PETALING JAYA: It's lights out for the four Kelantanese teams playing in the M-League.
It appears the four teams will have to play their home matches in the afternoons unless they come up with at least RM300,000 to pay for repair work on the floodlighting system at the Sultan Mohamed IV Stadium in Kota Baru.
The four Kelantan in the M-League are the state side in Premier I and Kelantan SKMK, Kelantan TNB and newcomers Kelantan JPS in Premier II.
FA of Malaysia's (FAM) secretary general Datuk Dell Akbar Khan said yesterday that they had had discussions with the representatives of the four teams and officials from the Kelantan Stadium Board on finding ways to improve the stadium floodlighting system.
We have told them that if they cannot find a solution to improve the lighting system at the stadium, they won't be able to host matches at night. This will affect the gate collection and revenue. We have also made it clear that the FAM cannot undertake to bear the cost of the repair works. The stadium is not an FAM asset,'' said Dell yesterday.
Even if the money is raised, work to repair the floodlighting could take about two to three weeks. The M-league starts in just over a week on Feb 9.
The Sultan Mohamed IV Stadium is said to be more than 30 years' old and badly needs a facelift. However, the Kelantan Stadium Board officials had informed FAM that they were unable to carry out any renovation work because of financial constraints.
The Kelantan FA (Kafa) also owe the Stadium Board money and the FAM were willing to assist in advancing a portion of the sum on a staggered basis.
Last week, the FAM inspection team led by the competitions committee chairman Datuk Redzuan Tan Sri Sheikh Ahmad found that the stadium was not suitable for night matches.
Meanwhile, Kelantan JPS, who had been scheduled to play all their home matches at the Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Stadium in Kuala Terengganu, have been allowed to host some of the home matches in Kota Baru.