Selangor Wants To Postpone Piala Sumbangsih

Selangor Wants To Postpone Piala Sumbangsih

Shah Alam: Selangor FC today officially submitted a request to the Malaysian Football League (MFL) to consider postponing the date of the 2024/2025 Charity Cup match involving the team and Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) scheduled for this Friday.

The curtain-raiser for the new Malaysian League (M-League) season is slated to take place at the Sultan Ibrahim Stadium in Iskandar Puteri.

Deputy President of the Selangor Football Association (FAS) and Chairman of the Selangor FC Technical Committee, Datuk Seri Shahril Mokhtar, said the request to postpone the match was made due to safety concerns.

“I can confirm that Selangor FC has officially made the request, and if MFL and JDT agree to change the date of the Piala Sumbangsih match this Friday, it will not be canceled but postponed for safety reasons.

“I cannot disclose and elaborate further on the reasons for the request; we have officially informed MFL, so let them examine it,” he said when meeting after visiting Selangor FC winger Faisal Halim at a private hospital here today.

Earlier, MFL announced that the Piala Sumbangsih match for the Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Cup between JDT and Selangor FC would proceed as scheduled this Friday, following rumors that the match would be postponed following the unfortunate incident involving Faisal Halim last Sunday.

MFL Chief Executive Officer Datuk Stuart Ramalingam said MFL also did not receive any requests from the teams to postpone the match.

The 26-year-old stalwart of the Harimau Malaya attacking juggernaut is believed to have been injured in an acid attack incident at a shopping center and has been confirmed to have suffered fourth-degree burns, with his movement and speech currently limited due to the incident.

This is the second unfortunate incident to befall a national player after Muhammad Akhyar Abdul Rashid was injured in the head and legs after being attacked by two robbers at his residence in Kuala Terengganu last Thursday.

JDT, as the reigning champions of the Super League, are now aiming to defend the Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Cup for the seventh consecutive time, while Selangor FC, who emerged as runners-up in the last Super League season, last won the Charity Cup match in the 2010 season.

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