Friday, 17 February 2012

Kelantan fans blaming Terengganu for their team's problems

Kelantan fans are blaming Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said and the FA of Malaysia for the current turmoil in their team.

Red Warriors Supporters Club president Wan Zaini Wan Zain said Kelantan coach Peter Butler would not be at odds with FA president Tan Sri Annuar Musa if the national football governing body did not succumb to the pressure from Ahmad and extended the foreign players' registration deadline to Feb 13.

Wan Zaini said FAM should have stood its ground and told Terengganu to wait until April to register their foreign players instead of opening a new transfer window for the rest of the teams to sign new players.

"Just because Terengganu made a blunder with their choices of foreign players and wanted to hire new ones, our team could not and had to tinker with the players we had.

"Now our Lebanese striker (Mohammed) Ghaddar has left while coach Butler is threatening to quit the team.

"We feel all these things would not have happened if FAM had been firm  with its decisions," Wan Zaini said in Kota Baru yesterday.

Wan Zaini said Butler was unhappy with Ghaddar's contract termination as the coach claimed he was not consulted on the matter.

"What made it worse was we ended up losing to Selangor, our first defeat in the league this season, and that (Nwoha) Onyekachi, who is Ghaddar's replacement, was not impressive at all in his debut.

"Most fans thought the Nigerian striker was a lesser player than Ghaddar and they are now wishing that the Lebanese was still with us," he said.

Ghaddar was not the only player dropped from the Super League squad as earlier Kelantan had decided to transfer Ghanaian Danny Antwi to their AFC Cup squad and brought in Nigerian defender Obinna Nwaneiri as replacement.

"But what's done is done. We just hope our coach can work things out with the management for the good of our team.

Meanwhile, Kelantan manager Azman Ibrahim said the was no conflict between Butler and the management.

"Whatever happened was a misunderstanding and everything has been resolved," he said.

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