KUCHING: Midfielder Joseph Kalang Tie’s move to Super League side Terengganu this season means he will also be playing for the Turtles in Sukma XIII.
Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) competition unit chief Ahmad Fuad Hassan explained yesterday according to M-League regulations, any player who had signed to play for another state prior to Sukma would be bound to play for that state and not his home state.
“This means Kalang will play for Terengganu, not Sarawak,” he said.
According to Fuad, the former Sarawak star signed the contract with Terengganu before Sukma this year, so he would have to play for the east coast state in the biennial Games in Melaka this June.
Fuad said he had instructed the M-League competition committee to clarify the situation by sending the official letter to Football Association of Sarawak (FAS) and Sarawak State Sports Council.
He pointed out that the rule applied to all players in the same situation.
One other player who has signed with Terengganu is Fisdaus Abdullah of Kedah.
FAS is reportedly trying to get Kalang to play for Sarawak in the Sukma.
According to Sarawak Sukma football team head coach Pengiran Bala, the player’s name is still on the list.
However, he declined to comment on Kalang’s status, saying only: “This is matter for the higher-ups. As far as I’m concerned, his name is still with us.”