Lights out on Malaysian clubs' hopes for evening matches
KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS) - The lights have gone out on the hopes of nine Malaysian clubs hosting evening matches next season after they failed to meet the requirements of the country's football association to improve stadium lighting.
The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) asked all clubs to meet a minimum floodlight requirement to help improve standards but so far only three - Selangor, Pahang and the Singaporean team Lions XII - have been switched on to the move, local media reported on Tuesday.
That leaves nine Malaysian Super League clubs unable to host matches at 2045 local time which could lead to a drop in attendances with fans stuck at work or unwilling to brave the daytime heat in the Southeast Asian country.
"We have given them ample time and had sent them reminders but some teams just do not want to take the initiative," FAM local competitions committee chairman Hamidin Mohd Amin told the New Straits Times paper.