PUTRAJAYA: Kuala Lumpur are confident of getting the approval of the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) to use the Kuala Lumpur Football Stadium in Cheras as their official venue for 2018 Super League matches.
Kuala Lumpur Football Association (KLFA) president Datuk Seri Adnan Mohd Ikhsan said the contractor has addressed two complaints of the FAM – the uneven pitch and glaring flooodlights – before the final inspection by the FAM today.
“On paper, we are ready and if there is no big change, we will play at the KL Stadium for the 2018 season. We have more than half a month to meet the standards of the FAM, if there are minor problems to fix.
“The Selayang Municipal Council Stadium is the alternative if the KL Stadium is not ready. But we expect to play at the KL Stadium,” he told a press conference after the contract signing of 24 players for the 2018 season at the Federal Territories Ministry yesterday.
Adnan said the upgrading of the stadium with an 18,000 capacity was delayed because the contractor failed to follow the original schedule and made changes to the original plan.
KL, who are back in the Super League after a five-year absence, have made several key signings to make their presence felt in the Super League.
They have snapped up Mohd Firdaus Mohd Faudzi (Terengganu), Indra Putra Mahayuddin (Kelantan), Zaquan Adha Razak (Perak) and Mohd Saifulnizam Miswan (Pahang).
The foreign players retained are Brazilians Junior Aparecido, Paulo Josue and Guilherme de Paula and Boburjon Akbarov (Uzbekistan).
KL were crowned Premier League champions in 2017, pipping Terengganu to the title only on goal difference after both sides finished with 47 points. — Bernama