Thursday, July 31, 2008


From MSL to MLS for James?

Taken from the Star in Malaysia

Thursday July 31, 2008
Kedah expect James to honour his contract
GEORGE TOWN: Kedah expect wantaway hot-shot Marlon Alex James to play on until his contract ends on Aug 31.
Kedah team manager Datuk Othman Aziz said he expects all his players, both local and foreign, to honour their contracts.
James: Upset with coach Mohd Azraai Khor for backing the FA of Malaysia’s proposal to do away with foreigners next season.
He was commenting on James’ wish to prematurely terminate his contract with the Canaries.
The St Vincent and Grenadines striker had announced on Tuesday that he wanted to leave Kedah as he and team-mate Bernard Huggins had received an offer to play for San Jose Earthquakes in Major League Soccer (MLS) in the United States.
James was also upset with Kedah coach Mohd Azraai Khor for backing the FA of Malaysia’s (FAM) proposal to do away with imports next season. (The FAM had conducted a brain-storming session last week to discuss ways to revive Malaysia’s footballing fortunes.)
“I am shocked and surprised at Marlon’s outburst because, as far we are concerned, the issue to do away with foreign players next season are mere proposals,” Othman said in a telephone interview from Alor Star yesterday.
“I have been told that the FAM council will meet on Saturday and, even then, I do not know if the proposal will be brought up at all.
“Marlon has jumped the gun by announcing his intentions to quit. But I expect all my players to fully respect and observe the terms and conditions of the contracts they have signed with us.”
Azraai, meanwhile, clarified that he was one of two coaches (the other being Selangor’s Dollah Salleh) who were against doing away with the services of foreign players during the brain-storming session.
“But the majority of those at the session felt that we should do away with the foreign players due to the financial difficulties faced by most of the teams,” said Azraai.
Azraai warned James against voicing his displeasure in public and to honour his contract.
“We have enjoyed a good relationship in his two years with us and I hope this will continue.
“We also have a few more crucial Malaysia Cup matches to tackle. So let’s just stay focused on our tasks and get the job done in the most professional manner.”
The Canaries, who have already retained the Super League title and FA Cup crown, have also confirmed their place in the Malaysia Cup quarter-finals.
Kedah, the Malaysia Cup defending champions, are on the verge of repeating the treble


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