KUALA LUMPUR, June 20 – Premier League leaders Sarawak United FC has officially written to the Malaysian Football League to postpone their postponed first-round match against Selangor 2 to a later date instead of June 30.
The first-round match which was earlier scheduled to be played on April 7 at the Selayang Stadium was postponed due to bad weather.
“We have officially written to the MFL for the match to be played at a later date. It is a crucial match for us,” said Sarawak United head coach, E. Elavarasan.
Elavarasan said it is not fair for the team to play the match on June 30 for several reasons, including the absence of national player Norshahrul Idlan Talaha who is still under quarantine after returning from Dubai on April 17.
Norshahrul was with the national team that played in the recent second-round matches of the Group G World Cup 2022/Asia Cup 2023 qualifiers in Dubai.
Coming back to the Premier League or even the Super League, it is a case of the rich and poor teams.
Those with a bigger budget were able to resume bubble training while others had to make do with training via zoom.
Sarawak United checked into a hotel in Shah Alam and only resumed their bubble training on Friday due to the tight SOPs under Movement Control Orders (MCO) for the Covid-19 pandemic.
During this period Elavarasan had to conduct training via zoom – which is grossly inadequate.
According to Elavarasan, Sarawak United has managed to get a school field which is near the hotel for their bubble training.
“I am glad that the players have shown zest and enthusiasm in their training. They are aware that it will be much tougher playing matches in the second round with some teams having beefed up their squads with new names,” said Elavarasan.
Sarawak United is perched on the top of the league with 23 points from 10 matches and have a match in hand over second-placed Negri Sembilan on 22 points.

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