A NEW football team has been sanctioned by the Kedah Football Association to participate in the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM Cup) this year.
Kedah United have appeared on the scene to add a breath of fresh air and colour in the wake of the Kedah team’s waning support due to a slump in form and status.
Kedah have been relegated to the Premier league this season.
Kedah United are an offshoot of the Kedah Malays FA and have been formally accepted by the Kedah Football Association and the national body to participate in this year’s FAM Cup competition, a third tier league.
The Super League and Premier league are the top two major competitions.
A 31-strong squad, which includes five contract players, has been registered with FAM.
The contract players are former Kedah Super League players Hasmawi Hassan, Shariman Che Omar, Mohd Rozaidi Rahim, Rezuan Mohd Radzy and Phul Sakh Lom. They each have signed a one-year contract.
The team is coached by former national players Mohamad Ramlee, Roshidi Shaari and Zulkifli Mahmud.
They train at the Mada ground in Ampang Jajar on Mondays and Wednesdays and at the Istana Anak Bukit ground on other days.
Team manager Mohd Sakri Mat said that Kedah United would be officially launched on Jan 12 at Mentaloon, the official residence of Mentri Besar.
The 10-team FAM league is expected to start on Jan 28.
The teams are: Tumpat FC (Kel), Ceebago FC (Sabah), Kuantan FC and Shazan Muda FC (both Pahang), Beta Ria (Nse), Angkatan Tentera Darat (ATD), Penang Bekalan Air FC, Penang FA, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and Kedah United.
The league will be on a home and away format.
Stadium Darulaman will be Kedah United’s home ground and all the matches will be played at 8.45pm.
The Kedah United squad:
Mohd Sheril Anuar Saini, Phul Sakh Lom, Mohd Nizat Salleh, Mohd Hisham Mohd Shofi, Rezuan Mohd Radzy, Mohd Rozaidi Rahim, Ku Nazri Azuan Azizan, Anond Chim, Nur Qusyairi Chik, Ahmad Nadzmil Abdillah Ahmad Nadzri, Mohd Nizam Mansor, Mohd Azhar Arbi Radzuan, Mohd Akmal Faiz Ratim, Rafiz Abu Bakar.
Mohd Hazwan Zainun, Mohd Shukri Fdzil, Mohd Aminuddin Azmi, Shariman Che Omar, Muammar Nur Halim Rahim, Mohd Arfan Rashid, Mohd Khidir Ahmad Muzafara, Abdul Shukur Abdul Malek, Hasmawi Hassan, Mohd Ivaan Hakimi Abdullah, Mohd Arif Azizan, Shahnol Ahmad, Mohd Fadzil Mustafa, Shamsuri Azis, Mohd Khairul Syafiq Mohd Khairi, Mohd Shazrul Mohd Ashraf Mathews and Mohd Fahmi Zakaria.
Officials: Mohd Shakri Mat (manager), Mohamad Ramlee (chief coach), Roshidi Shaari and Zulkipli Mahmud (asst coaches), Wan Mohd Ruzaimi Che Rus (keeper’s coach), Nik Mohd Nor Azam Aziz (physio), Mohd Salleh Ismail (kitman), Badrul Hisham Mohd Redzuan (Media officer), Mohd Rizal Nordin (Liaison officer) and Abu Hamid (security).