KUALA LUMPUR: Selangor will be the country’s sole representative in the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) 2010 AFC Cup after Perlis turned down opportunity to be the second team.
Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) secretarygeneral Datuk Azzuddin Ahmad said Selangor qualified to compete in the tournament after winning the FA Cup and Super League title.
“The second team that was eligible to participate in the AFC Cup was Perlis because they finished as the runnersup in the Super League but Perlis turned down the opportunity.
“Subsequently FAM made an appeal to AFC and requested for a replacement to fill in the spot left vacant by Perlis but AFC turned down our request,” Azzuddin said.
Selangor last competed in the cup competition three years ago but lost 0-1 to Club Al Nejmeh from Lebanon in the quarter-finals.
The draw to determine the groups and fixtures of the 32 teams, which will be divided into groups of eight teams each, would be held on December 7 at the AFC House in Bukit Jalil.
The 2009 AFC Cup competition saw Kedah and Johor FC represent the country but only Kedah reached the second stage before bowing out to Vietnam’s Club Becamex Binh Duong FC.
Meanwhile, Azzuddin said FAM had not received any official letters regarding Kuala Muda Naza’s decision to withdraw from the MLeague next season as reported. — Bernama