Malaysia Cup adopts knockout format due to time constraints

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct. 4 (Bernama) — This year’s Malaysia Cup competition will see 16 teams compete in a first-round knockout format in place of the previous group stages.

The Malaysian Football League (MFL) said the decision was made after considering several factors, particularly the packed calendar and the impact on the tournament.

The MFL has also addressed worrisome weather conditions at the end of the year, leaving no room for postponing changes to the Malaysia Cup format if necessary.

“Thus, the absence of the group stage will not only give clubs and the MFL more space and time, but it will also reduce the possibility of player injuries as the quality of one of Asia’s oldest tournaments will be maintained. will decrease,” the MFL said in a statement today. .

Regarding the Malaysia Cup schedule, the MFL said that if Kuala Lumpur (KL) City FC qualified for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup final, the Malaysia Cup first round would take place on 25 and 26 October. said.

However, if the City Boys fail to reach the AFC Cup final, the first round of the Malaysia Cup will take place on 21 and 22 October.

KL City FC will face Uzbekistan’s Sogdyonna Jizzakh in the zone final in Jizzakh tomorrow.

The first round, quarter-finals and semi-finals of this season’s Malaysia Cup will be played in a home-and-away format, with the final on 26 November at a neutral venue.

The 2020 Malaysia Cup competition also started with the first round instead of the group stage due to restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

— Bernama

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