On Saturday night, fallen giant Pahang succumbed to a 0-2 defeat at home to Harimau Muda, effectively narrowing down the fight to avoid the last slot of automatic relegation to between Pahang and Kuala Lumpur. With just one more game to play for, Pahang can overtake Kuala Lumpur if they win their last game and pray for KL not to win at least one of their 2 remaining games.
That also means that Sabah and Felda United are saved from automatic relegation, who are both on 28 points.
However the opinions from the local fans in general is that Pahang in their history has never been relegated, not that they never played bad. It’s just that whenever they end up in the relegation spot, the rules of the country’s league system is changed so that they never go down. It seems that some unforeseen forces never want to see them play in the second tier of the country’s footballing league.
And this year, there are talks that the Superleague league will be decreased next season from 14 to 12 teams, meaning 4 teams instead of 2 will go down. It is believed a play-off systems will be played between the bottom 4 from the Superleague and another 4 from the Premier League, to get the 2 teams that will stay in Superleague.
FAM (Football Association of Malaysia) haven’t confirmed the changes yet, probably wanting to see if Pahang can avoid the drop. However these are just talk, nothing concrete.
Let us just hope that wise minds prevail in FAM and they will make the right decision.