Kelantan no pitch to train, claims Fajr Ibrahim after Selangor mauling

Nicolas Anil Nicolas Anil

Kelantan FA head coach Fajr Ibrahim is claiming his team doesn’t have a training ground during the Ramadhan month, after they suffered a 4-0 whitewash against Selangor FA on Friday.

“The entire Ramadhan period, we don’t have a field to train. We are training in a space that is 25mx25m. The players cannot run, we can’t do any tactical movement, because we don’t have a proper field,” Fajr told FOX Sports Asia.

Selangor striker Rufino Segovia netted a hat-trick as the Red Giants eased their own pressure in the Malaysia Super League (MSL) with the rout.

Kelantan have now lost five of their last six league games, and nine in the league.

Football comes to an almost standstill in the religious east-coast state during the Holy Month of Ramadhan, and as a result the Red Warriors have played all their matches on the road.

“There is no football during the Ramadhan month, so I have to respect this. Besides that, we don’t have enough import players to help us. I don’t want to say any more, but I will tell you only the president (Bibi Ramjani) is trying to help.” he added.

“On Wednesday, we wanted to use a field but couldn’t because there were two other teams using it. How can I talk to players about individual movement when we don’t have enough space?”

“I have qualified for two Asian Cups and gone to the third round qualifiers of the World Cup with Syria before, but this is the first time I am facing something like this. An MSL team that doesn’t have a training ground.”

Kelantan had signed Kyrgyzstan midfielder Bakhtiyar Duyshobekov on Friday, but the player wasn’t ready for this crunch affair.

Fans had also draped banners of ‘Bibi Out’ at Cheras Stadium, and the chorus for her and Fajr to leave grew louder with every goal Selangor scored.

The Syrian, however, remained defiant when asked if he is the right man to continue leading the club.

“I do my best, but when you fight alone you cannot do anything.”

Kelantan are now bottom in the 12-team standing and have nine games to preserve their top flight status.

The MSL continues on Saturday with the top-of-the-table clash between league leaders Johor Darul Ta’zim and second place Perak FA.

Other matches see Kuala Lumpur FA facing Terengganu FA, while PKNP FC take on Pahang FA.

Photo credit: Kelantan FA Facebook