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Kelantan FA : Prospects of 2010 : The Analysis.

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Today… after 23 days of upsetting Malaysia Cup final on 7th of November, as I heard some hearsay and rumors struck entire Kelantanese by dubbing the final as “match fixing” or can be safely named as “sold” the game away to Negri Sembilan by not-so-concrete reasons of newly-crown of Tuanku Mukhriz and a part of Khairy Jamaludin’s factor in FAM, the Kelantan FA (KAFA) through their Mr. President have come up to deny all the accusations and defamations by saying that Kelantan squad were earnestly for the final game despite outfought and disappointing two-third majority Kelantan fans at National Stadium Bukit Jalil. In response to the next 2010’s treble final prospect, Mr. President, Tan Sri Annuar Musa, or I dubbed him as Kelantan’s Roman Calderon (Real Madrid’s President) using Real Madrid-style of purchasing star players as usual by making seven new signings for the 2010 Super League next season. In contrary, for me, buying the ‘Galacticos’ do not meant we are a good in tactical and physical as interprets by Real Madrid in La Primera Liga (Spanish League) right now.


Kelantan have set an ambitious goal to win their first major silverware in 2010 season and automatically be counted among the Malaysia League elite teams. KAFA have almost everything in place of administration, finance, players, team management and the vociferous fan support to get the job done. They were major expenses in return for that 2010 prospect by using this ‘monsoon’ transfer windows, acquiring new Red Warriors. Among them were four strikers – former international and Deutschland spell and Strasbourg apprentice, Akmal Rizal Ahmad Rakhli (former Kuala Muda Naza), Norsharul Idlan Talaha and Mohd Shakir Shaari (victims of UPB-MyTeam’s dissolution) and S. Chanthuru (Penang’s ace). The others were goalkeeper, Liverpool-born Syed Adney Syed Hussein (eliminated by K.Rajagopal of SEA Games squad) and Patrice Evra-like defenders Azizi Mat Rose (one of Kuala Muda NAZA mass exodus) and S. Subramaniam (former Perak captain). However, sadly to all-Kelantanese as they have left out their phenomenon and seasoned goalkeeper Halim Napi and the 39-year-old former international is among the notable absentees in the 25-player squad.


Apart from Kelantan FA, others well-establish team still struggle facing financial fiasco and in arrears wages. But, Kelantan FA had announced their 25 players listed for the next 2010 season. In retrospect, the outcomes of the several new signing apparently, the Kelantanese sports observers have come up with an idea that the management and coaching staff were eagerly to pick uploads of well-establish players rather than using skillful and charismatic young lads who want to play for the “team” rather than play for the “money” itself. These were some of recommended players by sport journalist and critics to land in Kelantan next season, and these were players that Tan Sri Annuar Musa has overlook instead of must-buy. They were, Perak’s Razali Umar Kandasamy, tough-young lads Farderin Kadir, and Paul Scholes-mind mildfilder, Azi Shahril and pint-sized rocket, K. Soley of Perlis. Even their names no-so-glittering like others stars but, their criteria will fit the 2010 Kelantan winning team prospect. Fortunately to Kelantan fans, they will see another Halim Napi’s gesture, who has been offered to become the team’s assistant coach.


Taken into account, Kelantan failed in seeking their first major silverware in Malaysian football since introduced 1921, suffered the disappointment of two runner-up finishes last season. They were beaten by Selangor in the FA Cup final and lost to Negri Sembilan in the Malaysia Cup final. However, Kelantan would continue to take advantage of their strong home fan support, which saw them chalk up a 100% win record at the Sultan Mohd-IV Stadium in Kota Bharu last season. As a preparation toward 2010 season of Super League, Kelantan coach, B. Sathianathan will start pre-season training as early of December and they would be in Kota Bharu until Dec 7 before heading for Bangkok to play in a quadrangular tournament. Beside that, KAFA with the collaboration from Thailand Super League have arrange to hold pre-season friendly with two establish team in Thai-league, i.e FC Chonburi and BEC Tero Sasana. With 5 weeks left before the 2010 season kicks off, Kelantan now have 25 players in their ranks and hopefully not infected Real Madrid-Omen and will be the favorites in the next season.

Be part of the winning team.

Written by Muhammad Ismail Ibrahim

December 1, 2009 at 1:41 AM

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Penyokong Kelantan: Antara Profesionalisme & Fanatik Extremis…!

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Apa sudah jadi penyokong fanatik…? Tanggal keramat 7 April & 7 November 2009 seakan-akan menterjemahkan tahap kefanatikan dan ektremis ‘sebilangan kecil’ penyokong Kelantan yang sudah sampai kepada amaran ‘jingga’. Seluruh Malaysia umumnya bertanggapan negatif terhadap keseluruhan penyokong & peminat Kelantan. Apa tidaknya, penyokong Kelantan kini telah menjadi bahan cemuhan dan stereotaip baik di kedai kopi mahupun di pentas media arus perdana dek kerana penangan serta ‘kerja-kerja bodoh’ oleh segelintir ‘penyokong’ dan bukannya peminat Kelantan. Pendefinisian ‘penyokong’ secara literalnya amat fanatik dan tidak dapat menerima hakikat kekalahan, manakala terminologi ‘peminat’ merupakan seseorang yang mempunyai ‘sporting spirit’ yang tinggi dan boleh dikatakan ‘enjoy the game’ serta jatuh bangunnya sesebuah pasukan tertentu, peminat akan setia menanti dibelakang. Namun, segala-galanya boleh berubah mengikut persekitaran dan faktor sosial sesebuah tempat tertentu. Dan, apakah faktor “gomo” itu sendiri telah membakar semangat penyokong Kelantan untuk ‘membakar’ stadium..?

Terma fanatik yang telah digalas oleh penyokong & peminat Kelantan selama ini amat berat untuk dipikul apatah lagi pasukan Kelantan sedang berada di kemuncak prestasi, dalam masa yang sama terpaksa berdepan dengan seribu satu karenah penyokong yang dilabel fanatik. Insiden 7 April seakan-akan telah dilupakan sebilangan kecil penyokong fanatik Kelantan apabila stadium keramat Sultan Muhammad-IV terpaksa ‘gulung tikar’ dan dalam masa yang sama KAFA berdepan hukuman keras oleh FAM hanya ‘kerana onar dua tiga orang, rosak penyokong satu stadium’. Segala-galanya mahu di cetuskan kembali malam semalam pada perlawanan akhir TM Piala Malaysia yang ke udara secara langsung di seluruh dunia melalui “TMNET” amat memalukan bolasepak Malaysia umumnya dan khasnya buat pasukan Kelantan. Harapan mereka-mereka yang ingin melihat kualiti sebenar bolasepak tempatan terpadam gara-gara balingan mercun dan aktiviti vandalisme segelintir “lautan merah”. Apapun, semangat fanatik tidak salah cuma ianya harus bertempat dan kena gayanya dan tidak seharusnya dicampur dengan Hooliganisme.

Seharusnya, Penyokong & peminat Kelantan kini harus menelan hakikat bahawa di dalam sesuatu pertandingan, mereka harus menerima keputusan pro dan kontra sesuatu perlawanan dengan semangat kesukanan dan tahap profesionalisme yang tinggi. Sudah menjadi adat sesuatu perlawanan bahawa menang kalah harus diterima dengan hati yang terbuka. Akan tetapi, apa yang berlaku malam semalam boleh ditujukan mereka-mereka yang diklasifikasikan sebagai ‘pengacau’ yang hanya menumpang kemeriahan bolasepak Kelantan demi mendapatkan kepuasan dengan cara balingan mercun dan membakar harta benda awam. Dari perspektif penyokong & peminat Kelantan, walaupun mereka memberi seribu satu alasan sekalipun yang antaranya faktor badi 39 tahun, Kelantan tidak pernah menjulang Piala Malaysia sejak tahun 1921, faktor perjalanan jauh ‘meredah banjir’ ke Bukit Jalil dan bermacam lagi alasan, satu perkara yang harus mereka pelajari adalah, Profesionalisme!.

Jika penyokong dan peminat Kelantan diterap dan dididik untuk bersikap profesional di dalam stadium, maka alangkah cantiknya ‘fanatik’ itu. Akan tetapi, mahukah penyokong Kelantan bersifat ‘skema’ semasa menonton bola..? Satu persoalan yang tiada garis noktahnya. Apapun kini, KAFA sedang menanti hukuman berat daripada FAM yang dijangkakan lebih ‘hebat’ dari insiden 7 April lalu yang bakal diketahui pada 11 November ini selepas badan induk FAM bermesyuarat untuk memutuskan status penalti yang sepatutnya dikenakan ke atas Kelantan. Di pihak Kelantan pula, khususnya peminat yang ‘profesional’.. mereka mencadangkan dua pilihan kepada KAFA, pertama, samada ingin terus beraksi di dalam Liga Malaysia musim depan tanpa kehadiran penyokong yang automatisnya akan menjejaskan kantung persatuan atau pilihan kedua untuk menarik diri dari kempen Liga Malaysia, bermakna tiada lagi Bolasepak untuk Kelantan sebagai jalan terakhir untuk menjamin kestabilan kewangan persatuan dari dibelenggu masalah hutang tertunggak. Sama-samalah kita nantikan…

HOBEN kiJANG HOBEN…

Written by Muhammad Ismail Ibrahim

November 10, 2009 at 12:24 AM

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Brand-new Arena: Kelantan for SUKMA 2012…?

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Citing concerning long-awaited final showdown on yesterday for unforgiving defeat to Negri Sembilan, I was called to bring about factor contributing Kelantan to become giant killer in Malaysia League this season were their passionate and fanatic fans attending matches and money-no-problem management. Apart from fans factors, the fully-loaded of Sultan Muhammad-IV Stadium in every match triggering dissatisfaction among fanatics fans regarding conditions and comfort dwelling at this stadium. So, in order to fulfill fanatics fans’ hopes, the state government obtain some initiatives to build a sport arena pertaining brand-new stadium with high capacity to accommodate thousands of fans parallel with the development of Kelantan football in Malaysia League. But, my views was that, apart from development of the brand-new sport arena, what will Kelantanese deeply want to see outside the complex box..? Is that SUKMA?

For me, I definitely say YES! This is the exact time for Kelantan to organize SUKMA that we never host before, considering for factors must exist in organizing SUKMA was that with the brand-new sport facility and right to organize as a state in Peninsular Malaysia. SUKMA 2010 as all known belongs to Malacca for hosting most prestigious games tournament in Malaysia, SUKMA Games (Boone) after Terengganu passed it baton last 2008. The Boone history begun on 1986 when Kuala Lumpur was first hosting this tournament that has been producing many athletes to the country. Apart from that, on research that I had done shown from it was first introduced in the year 1986, Kelantan never offering for bidding to host Boone Games because of sport capacity not achieving the standard to organize big events such as Boone, where the past host were the established-state with strong financial power that able to build sport complex the like of Kuala Lumpur (1986 & 1988), Sarawak (1990), Johor (1992), Perak (1994), Pahang (1996), Selangor (1998), Penang (2000), Sabah (2002), Negri Sembilan (2004), Kedah (2006), Terengganu (2008) and newly-crown host Malacca (2010).

For records, Kelantan and Perlis respectively never hosting this Boone Games because of state governments’ requirement to host the Boone depending on the financial budget to built standardized sports complex. In retrospective of Kelantan, for years, has produces a numbers of national-level athletes and young talents in every gaming profession. But, sadly we never create some initiative in organizing this multi-sport competition because the lack of first class sports amenities and facilities. Perhaps, by completing new standardized sport complex in new-developed area in Tunjung on 2012 make it worthy by organizing this SUKMA Games on 2012 as a new-host. The new sport complex consisting of indoor and outdoor arena, except aquatic center for swimming and synchronize diving. I hopes that OneMalaysia could understand this restriction…

Play more, Learn More!

Written by Muhammad Ismail Ibrahim

November 8, 2009 at 12:12 AM

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Kelantan Fans Deserve New ‘Old Trafford’…

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I’ve been watching Malaysian Super League football match at Kota Bharu in every single game held at Sultan Muhammed IV Stadium that jammed-packed with people come from every nook and cranny in order not to miss their true red-color team. The capacity of this old stadium no longer be able to accommodate thousands of fans since it can fill up to 30,000 spectators including sitting and standing. Sultan Muhammed IV Stadium have been built in 1967 and officially open three years later by then king, HH. the late Sultan Yahya Petra.

It was announced as an official venue for Kelantan FA to contest in every competition held under sanctions of Football Association of Malaysia (FAM). The stadium was the home of Kelantan FA, a Malaysian Super League football team. Apart from that, the amenities the likes of scoreboard was an old-style and obsolete that need to function manually. The illumination system was also not works as needed since it can highlight the field without satisfactory brightness.

Last night, the awaiting-game between Kelantan against Kedah in Group E of Malaysian Cup attracts a lot of spectators and it seem the obvious redundant amount of spectators who by-ticket or not, be able to enter to stadium since the management of the stadium only produce 23 thousands of ticket including roofed and open ticket that saw the amount of spectators exceeded that of ticket produced. This will trigger unexpected happens since the stadium was old ones and no longer can be used and need to declared as ‘museum’. Thus, my courtesy either from state or federal government needs to give hefty allocation for the new construction as we didn’t want to see another ‘Sultan Mizan Stadium’ in Terengganu happens in Kota Bharu. Hopefully, Kelantan fans’ dreams of having new ‘Old Trafford’ will make into reality.

Gomo Kelate Gomo!

Written by Muhammad Ismail Ibrahim

September 30, 2009 at 10:43 PM

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