As MCO 2.0 kicks in, Malaysian Football League CEO says better prepared this time round

Perak player Muhammad Shahrel Fikri Md Fauzi (third left) in action against Melaka United’s Khairul Anwar Shahrudin (second right) during the Malaysian Super League match in Ipoh August 28, 2020. — Bernama pic
Perak player Muhammad Shahrel Fikri Md Fauzi (third left) in action against Melaka United’s Khairul Anwar Shahrudin (second right) during the Malaysian Super League match in Ipoh August 28, 2020. — Bernama pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 13 ― The Malaysia Football League (MFL) is prepared for any eventuality regarding the organisation of the 2021 Malaysian League (M-League) if the movement control order (MCO) is enforced beyond Jan 26.

MFL chief executive officer Datuk Ab Ghani Hassan said the organisers of M-League are better prepared now as they had learnt from the disruptions caused by an earlier MCO last year.

MFL had lined up several alternative plans to ensure all competitions in the M-League could proceed as planned, he said.

“MFL welcomes the government’s move to implement the MCO for certain states because of the spike n Covid-19 cases and we understand the need for this.

“We earnestly hope that the MCO would not be extended because the M-League calendar including for several competitions had been issued to ensure the smooth running of the 2021

On Monday, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced that the MCO would be enforced in six states - Penang, Selangor, Federal Territories (Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan), Melaka, Johor and Sabah from today until Jan 26.

Another six states - Pahang, Perak, Negeri Sembilan, Kedah, Terengganu and Kelantan - have been placed under the conditional MCO (CMCO) while Perlis and Sarawak are under the recovery MCO for the same period.

Ab Ghani said for now, MFL would stick to Feb 26 as the kick-off date for M-League.

“If the MCO is lifted on Jan 26, all teams would have enough time to make pre-season preparations for the league, which begins with the Charity Shield on Feb 26,” he added.

He urged all teams to cooperate by observing the standard operating procedure throughout the season to ensure the league could run without any problems if allowed by the government. ― Bernama

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