Tuesday, October 22, 2013


Kedah Fans Unhappy

GEORGE TOWN; The Kedah football supporters groups called off a “peaceful protest” scheduled to be held outside the Darulaman Stadium in Alor Setar yesterday after receiving assurances from the Kedah Football Association (KFA).

The supporters from the state’s top fan groups like, Kedah Football Fan Club (KPBK), Ultras Kedah and Kenari Fans Squad had planned the protest to show their displeasure over the deterioration of the state football squad’s fortunes.

The supporters groups agreed to call off the protest on Sunday after the KFA honorary secretary Aminuddin Omar agreed to meet the supporters’ representatives tomorrow.

“We have decided to adopt a wait-and-see attitude after receiving positive feedback from the KFA management. We want to use Wednesday’s meeting with the KFA to air our displeasure over the way Kedah football has been run in recent years,” said Sazali Sobri, the group’s representative, in a written statement.

“We will not hesitate to carry out the demonstration if there is no follow-up by KFA to improve Kedah football or to weed out the bad apples in the association.

KFA need to buck up if Kedah are to return as a feared footballing state in the country.”

Despite having star players like Mohd Khyril Muhymeen and Baddrol Bakhtiar in their ranks, Kedah only finished fourth in the second-tier Premier League this year to miss out on promotion.

The Canaries also crashed out in the Malaysia Cup preliminary stage, extending the fallen giants’ trophyless streak to five years.

Chief coach Marijo Tot left the team when his contract expired after the Premier League ended, leaving caretaker coach Datuk Ahmad Shafie and Tot’s assistant Antonio Sisic to call the shots during the Malaysia Cup.

Mohd Azraai Khor, who quit as the Perak coach on Sunday, is now the favourite to return to the Kedah hot-seat next year.

The 61-year-old Azraai, who spent his entire playing career with the Canaries in the 1970s before guiding them to successive Super League, FA Cup and Malaysia Cup treble triumphs in 2007 and 2008, will be a popular choice for the fans if he returns to Alor Setar.

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