The Malaysian Football League (MFL) has confirmed that the 2021 Malaysian League season is slated to start on March 5.
Its Chief Executive Dato’ Ab Ghani Hassan said that the announcement is consistent with the Malaysian government’s approval to allow centralised training programmes for all participating teams from February 15.
To note, this approval also applies to the Malaysian hockey and sepak takraw leagues.
Dato’ Ab Ghani also said that the approval means all players and officials shall have their training and movement regulated under the sports bubble module’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) where camp quarantine and home quarantine apply.
“I would like to thank the government and all concerned parties for the approval, especially to the Senior Minister (for Defence) Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican”, he said, adding that it is great news to the sports industry and enthusiastic fans who have waited for football action.
All teams, he added, have been informed that the League overture shall commence with the Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah’s Cup match between Johor Darul Ta’zim FC (JDT) and Kedah Darul Aman FC with hopes that all teams will adhere to the SOPs for the remainder of the league.
“Players, officials and teams must undergo Home Quarantine to ensure safety for themselves, their families and local community. We do not want any party to breach the SOPs that could jeopardise the league run due to COVID-19,” he said in an official statement.
The MFL has previously deferred the kick-off date of February 26 due to the extended Movement Control Order (MCO) by the government across all states, except Sarawak.
The decision was made after an online meeting between MFL’s board of directors and team representatives amid concerns and consents to all parties involved.
THE BRUNEIAN | KUALA LUMPUR