Source : New Sabah Times
JOHOR BAHARU: The Johor FA is still waiting for the FA of Malaysia to act on their appeal to approve their three foreign pros for the Premier League.
As things stand now, the fate of Paraguayan striker Ocampos Orteleo and the two Africans, Akande Smith and Laurence Tumba, is still in the hands of the FA of Malaysia’s Competition Committee which must decide if they are eligible to ply their trade in Malaysia.
Meanwhile, Johor-PG, as they are known in the league, must keep their fingers crossed and they have accepted the fact that the three of them would not be eligible for the match against Kuala Lumpur in a top-of-the-table clash at the Larkin stadium today.
Johor FA secretary Wan Nizam Wan Mohammad said: “I’ve not been informed of any scheduled meeting of the FA of Malaysia’s competition committee anytime soon. What we can do is just to sit and wait. It’s frustrating of course but that’s the way things are for now.”
The FA of Malaysia have turned down the Johor FA’s application to have the three foreigners registered for the 2007 season because of the one-season cooling-off ruling.
The trio played for Pasir Gudang FC in the third-tier competition, the FAM Cup, last season and thus are not eligible to play for another club.
But now that Pasir Gudang FC have merged with the Johor FA, the association believe they have a genuine reason in their appeal to the competition committee.
“As I said, we have solid ground to believe we should be granted the exemption to have the services of the trio. After all, they are not making any move away from Johor,” Wan Nizam said.
But with or without the trio, Wan Nizam believes Johor PG are capable of mounting a serious challenge for the Premier League title.
“One win and one draw and if we can beat KL tomorrow we should be table leader,” he said.