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Sumareh’s status to be decided next week

The Malaysian Football League (MFL) will decide whether Mohamadou Sumareh can be registered as a local player ahead of the new Malaysian League (M-League) season, during a meeting next week.

The MFL previously released a statement saying that Sumareh can only be registered as a local player in March 2019 despite being a naturalised player and having represented Malaysia at the recently concluded AFF Suzuki Cup 2018.

But the Football Association of Pahang (PBNP) have made an appeal to the MFL asking for Sumareh to be registered as a local player before the start of the new season.

And MFL Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Kevin Ramalingam, said that PBNP’s appeal will have to be reviewed by the board members before a decision is made.

“The appeal letter by PBNP dated 27 November 2018 was only handed to the MFL on 19 December 2018. This appeal needs to be reviewed by the board members before we make a decision.

“Based on the rules that are in place, any naturalised player can only be registered as a local player after five years.

“But we’ve made a decision to shorten that duration to one year from the initial application date, which was on 2 March last year, based on a few aspects.

“So on 1 October last year, the MFL made a decision to allow Sumareh to be registered as a local player in the second transfer window on 2 May, based on PBNP’s initial application date.

“The appeal by PBNP was only made after that. So to say that the MFL are intentionally delaying the registration of Sumareh is entirely unfair,” he said.

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