MALAYSIAN Indian Sports Council –Malaysian Indian Football Association (MISC-MIFA) will not have the services of Muhammad Fauzi Abdul Kadar for two months.
The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) suspended the 24-year-old striker who had played an impressive role for MISC-MIFA in the FAM Cup last season, for playing in an unsanctioned match on Oct 25 last year.
Muhammad Fauzi was a member of the Malaysian All Stars team who played against Persib Bandung at the Si Jalak Harupal Stadium in Bandung. FIFA had not sanctioned the match.
The FAM disciplinary committee, at their meeting, found Muhammad Fauzi guilty of the offense and suspended the striker from March 30 onwards. He was also fined RM1,500 and given a stern warning.
During the suspension period, Muhammad Fauzi will not be allowed to play in any tournament under FAM’s jurisdiction. His suspension ends on May 31, making him available for MISC-MIFA’s match against Shahzan Muda on Aug 10.
Besides Muhammad Fauzi, the FAM disciplinary committee also suspended Malaysian Football Coaches’ Association (MFCA)’s Nick Sham Abdullah and Megah Murni’s R. Anbalagan for a similar offence.
Nick Sham was suspended for six months and Anbalagan for two months. Both were also fined RM1,500 each.
Meanwhile, the FAM Cup Group A match between MISC-MIFA and AirAsia All Stars was called off after the break. The match officials decided to call off the match because of heavy rain and lightning. The score was then 0-0.
The FAM competition committee will decide on the next course of action. AirAsia All Stars team manager Hamdan Hashim said they would wait for the FAM to reschedule the match.
“It was unfortunate the match had to be called off. We had the edge in the first half. But the situation was beyond our control and we have to accept the match officials’ decision,’’ said Hamdan.
In another Group A match at the Tawau Sports Complex, Ipoh Football Association notched their fourth win when they edged Sabah DYS 2-1. Ipoh Football Association’s goal came from Muhammad Asraf Wahab and Khairool Anas Safri in the 17th and 69th minutes, respectively.
Sabah DYS, anchored at the bottom of the nine team table, replied through Harnoman Appid in the 70th minute.
Negri Sembilan Prisons collected maximum points after a 2-1 win over Megah Murni at the USIM Sports Complex in Nilai.
Rende Achoo gave an early 1-0 lead to NS Prisons in the third minute. In the 18th minute, Muhamamd Shahrul Nizam Anuar made it 2-0 for NS Prisons. M. Terrence scored Megah Murni’s only goal in the 42nd minute.
Shahzan Muda created an upset when they upstaged Sungai Ara FC 2-0 with goals from Mohamad Razren Modh Jesni and Mohamad Rifaie Awang Long.
In Group B, PKNP continued their fine performance with a convincing 3-0 win over KL UKM FC at the UKM Sports Complex in Bangi.
Unbeaten, PKNP’s goals were scored by Mohamed Ibni Khozaimi, Mohammad Fadhil Idris and Mohamad Shahrel Fikri Mohamad Fauzi.
Following the win, PKNP, comprising a group of youths from Ipoh, have 17 points from five wins and two draws.
KL MOF FC, after two losses, regained their winning ways when they edged KDMM 1-0 at the INSPEN Stadium in Bangi. The only goal of the match came in the fifth minute through Mohd Nizab Ayub. KL MOF FC are second on 13 points from four wins, a draw and two losses.
The teams in Group B will take a break this weekend. After the home and away fixtures, the top four teams from each group will advance to the two-leg quarter-finals.