PETALING JAYA: The FA of Malaysia (FAM) are hoping the Stadium Board will improve the pitch conditions at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil before Chelsea, Birmingham and Newcastle United come down for the inaugural FA Premier League (FAPL) Asia Cup scheduled in July.
Datuk Dell Akbar Khan, the secretary general of the FAM, said yesterday that the conditions of the pitch now was not conducive for good football and they were concerned whether the situation would improve before the high profile matches in July.
We are very concerned because the pitch is not up to the mark to host these high profile matches. In fact, this is not the first time we have experienced such poor playing conditions at the National Stadium. The authorities concerned have got to do something about it,'' said Dell.
The atrocious ground conditions, with the pitch pockmarked with holes, patches and bare areas, overshadowed the matches in the International Youth Tournament on Thursday.
The pitch has got to be better. We have done the bookings for the FAPL. We hope to see improvements or else, there will have to be alternative plans,'' said Dell.