Wan Rahim, Afandi temporarily ‘sidelined’ from KAFA

THE Kelantan Football Association (KAFA) has suffered another blow when its president Datuk Wan Abdul Rahim Wan Abdullah and deputy president Datuk Seri Afandi Hamzah (picture; right) have been temporarily “sidelined” from managing the association, which is plagued by financial and debt issues.

This was confirmed by Afandi himself after the association’s executive council (exco) meeting at Wisma KAFA in Kubang Kerian, Kelantan yesterday.

He said KAFA VP Datuk Shaari Mat Hussain was appointed as the acting president effective from yesterday.

“Our decision was accepted by the KAFA exco and was done in order to temporarily change the structure of the association.

“So, now Shaari will be managing KAFA throughout the appointment period,” he told a press conference after the meeting yesterday.

The association, which has been bogged down with the issue of unpaid salaries to its players, is set to be punished by the Football Association of Malaysia and world governing body FIFA, while Team Red Warriors Sdn Bhd MD Datuk Wan Rakemi Wan Zahari has resigned.

Afandi said they are putting their hopes in Shaari to do something to resolve the problems faced by KAFA.

“We are not running away at a time when the association is facing various problems. The decision is made to give way for fresh ideas from a new KAFA leadership,” he said, adding that the association will continue to find ways to settle its debts.

“We have settled RM2.4 million out of the RM6.9 million owed to the players, officials and government agencies.”

Meanwhile, Shaari said he will bear the burden faced by the association, which he has been associated with since 2006.

“I fully understand KAFA. My target is to settle our debts…our team’s performance is on the rise, but the debt issue has tarnished the image of team and association,” he said. — Bernama