12 Malaysian players owe a total of nearly 290,000 RM, following the latest Malaysian Federation Status Committee meeting.
The Malaysian FA Status Committee (FAM), which met on January 7, issued 12 decisions regarding player compensation disputes with two football associations.
In the announcement made on Wednesday, January 13, the FAM instructed the Kelantan FA to pay 11 of the unpaid salaries of its former players, for a total of around 187,700 RM (approximately 46,000 USD).
The players are believed to have come for the Red Warriors until the 2019 season. They are Fauzi Rozlan (RM63,628.18), Zulfahmi Awang (RM50,000.00), Afiq Azuan (32,141.99 RM), Wan Mohammed Afiq (RM 21,000.00), Azzrie Aripin (RM 4,075.00), Syafiq Syahmi Husin (RM 2,681.00), Ahmad Fathi Irfan Azlan (RM 3,279.00), Fikri Hakim Kama (RM 1,289.50), Ahmad Hamzalah Zulkiflee (RM 2,681.00), Fazliera Ezlan Rosli (RM 3,126.25) and Fahmi Izzuddin Ab Rahman (RM 2,681.00).
It is not yet known whether the debts will need to be settled by the Kelantan FA, the former operator of the professional Kelantan team, or by the new team owner Norizam Tukiman, who has devoted a lot of time and money to pay their many debts since acquiring the team in 2020.
In the same announcement, the Melaka FA, which once ran the Malaysia Super League Melaka united, was also ordered to pay former player Curran Ferns a staggering sum of RM97,500 (approximately $ 24,100).
The Australian-Malaysian midfielder was signed up for the Mousedeer in 2020, before revealing towards the end of the year that the club had not paid his salary.