Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) confirmed that Kedah would not play in next year’s AFC Cup.
In a joint statement with the Football Malaysia Limited Liability Partnership (FMLLP) yesterday, FAM secretary-general Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin said that the club failed to meet the deadline to obtain the required license.
“With regards to Kedah, it is very clear that only clubs which fulfill the criteria set out in the regulations at the deadlines defend by FAM will be granted a license [AFC and National],” the FAM statement said.
“At this date, Kedah was not able to submit their audited account which is a mandatory criteria. AFC also made it clear that no documents outside the AFC Club Licensing Administrative System (CLAS) can be considered.”
The club’s place in the 2018 AFC Cup will be expected to give to Pahang, who finished as runners-up in this season’s Malaysia Super League.