Malaysia Premier League: Terengganu, KL secure promotion

Gabriel Tan Gabriel Tan

Terengganu and Kuala Lumpur will be back in the top flight next season after both sealed promotion from the Malaysia Premier League on Tuesday with a game to spare.

Terengganu secured their return just one year after being relegated with a 3-0 win over PDRM at the Hang Jebat Stadium.

First-half goals by Faiz Nasir and Kipre Tchetche put the Turtles firmly in control of proceedings, before Issey Nakajima-Farran added a third in the 57th minute to cap off a comfortable victory.

The result saw them maintain a now-unassailable six-point lead in second place, although they remain behind Kuala Lumpur on goal difference after the leaders beat Sabah 2-0.

Guilherme continued his free-scoring ways as he broke the deadlock in the 13th minute before adding a second ten minutes after the break, making sure the City Boys will be playing Super League football next year for the first time since 2012.

Meanwhile, Terengganu and Kuala Lumpur’s joy also meant sorrow for Negeri Sembilan as they missed out on promotion despite a 1-0 triumph over UiTM FC.

Lee Tuck netted the only goal of the game after seven minutes to hand them maximum points but it proved to be futile, as the early-season pacesetters were left to rue a costly four-game winless streak prior to Tuesday.

Bottom two ATM and MISC-MIFA are still in with a chance of avoiding relegation after playing out a 1-1 draw at the Proton City Stadium.

Both are a point behind 10th-placed Perlis, who remain in danger of the drop following a heavy 5-1 defeat to Johor Darul Ta’zim II.

Wednesday’s sole game saw PKNP FC bounce back from their recent Malaysia Cup exit by beating Kuantan 3-1.

Photo credit: Terengganu FA