HNO ACTION: FAM drops complaint against Myanmar
THE 48-hour validity period expired yesterday with Malaysia failing to lodge a complaint to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) in regard to claims that Myanmar had fielded over-aged players in the AFC Under-22 Qualifiers which ended on Tuesday in Yangon.
Malaysia had protested to the match commissioner after losing 2-1 to the hosts as a pre-requirement before filing a proper one with evidence with AFC.
The FA of Malaysia (FAM) was required to do so within 48 hours after the match.
National coach Ong Kim Swee and team manager Affandi Hamzah submitted the evidence on at least five Myanmar players who were believed to be overaged, to secretary-general Datuk Azzuddin Ahmad yesterday for further action.
Azzuddin will present the findings to FAM president Sultan Ahmad Shah today.
Kim Swee had documents which showed the difference in the alleged players' ages from the tournament's registration list with the ones from their clubs' official websites.
One of the players in question was Yangon United striker Kaung Si Thu, who scored a brace in the win over Malaysia.
According to Yangon's official website, Kaung turned 25 on Jan 22 but the club changed his profile on Wednesday.
However, AFC, which conducts regular screening on teams, especially for age-group tournaments, does not consider official club websites as a reliable source. AFC relies on the registration list, which includes players' passports, as evidence.