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Sarawak set for super league

Kuching : The Football Association of Sarawak (FAS) has submitted the required papers to procure its Malaysia Super League club licensing for next season.
FAS vice-president Razali Dolhan, who revealed this, said the association had settled all outstanding issues to meet the requirements of league organiser Football Malaysia LLP (FMLLP) in its bid to play in the super league.
Sarawak is among five teams yet to be granted a licence. The other four are Felda Utd, Kelantan, Melaka and Kedah.
Financial issues was the main reason why the team had failed to acquire a licence, with debts understood to have been close to RM1mil.
“We have settled all outstanding cases to meet requirements for next season. As far as we are concerned, there are no more outstanding issues.
“We understand that the FMLLP appeals board will have a meeting this week and we hope they will come out with a decision before our final game this Saturday.
“We can only hope for a positive result,” he said after the handover of the Sarawak Cup here.
Thirteen teams, including 12 divisional football associations from across the state, will take part in the competition in Mukah from Nov 4 to 12.
The tournament aims to identify new talent to represent the Sarawak senior team and youth squad, as well as its President’s Cup team for next season.
On another matter, FAS urged football fans to turn up in full to support Sarawak in their final league game of the season against Terengganu’s T-Team at Stadium Negeri.
The Crocs, sitting at 10th position with 20 points, are looking to avoid a drop to the second tier of the Malaysia Premier League next season.
“We hope fans will turn up and paint the stadium red for our final league match of the season.
“We need to get full points so that we don’t have to rely on the results between Kelantan and Melaka. First things first, secure our super league spot before the decision of the FMLLP,” Razali said.
Sarawak looked a pale shadow of the teams of the 1990s under Australian head coach Alan Vest, registering five wins, five draws and 11 losses.
Sarawak is currently sitting above the relegation spot with only one point separating it from Kelantan, which plays away to Melaka at the Hang Jebat Stadium.
Two teams will be relegated from the super league with Penang FA sitting at the bottom of the league with 12 points, already relegated to the second-tier league next season.
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