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THE FA of Malaysia (FAM) has extended the registration deadline of foreign players to Dec 17.

The move is to accommodate teams to sign import players following a recent decision by FAM to increase the foreign quota from three to four. The initial deadline ended yesterday.

FAM general-secretary Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin confirmed the extension but teams must provide their signings' Transfer Matching System (TMS) online confirmation slips.

"We initially did not extend the deadline as we wanted it to correspond with Fifa's TMS deadline, which ended today (yesterday)," said Hamidin.

"However, the TMS online system must show their signings are not contracted with other clubs as of today for registration."

On Kelantan's request to sign Australian-born midfielder Brendan Gan as a local player based on Fifa's nationality eligibility regulations, Hamidin said FAM is still waiting for a response from world football's governing body.

Meanwhile, Selangor have signed A-League defender Steve Pantelidis as their fourth foreign player for next season.

Selangor FA secretary Rosman Mohd Ibrahim said Pantelidis, who was with Perth Glory, signed a one year contract on Tuesday.

The other signings are Indonesia's Andik Vermansyah and Brazilian duo Paulo Rangel and Junior Aparecido.

"Aparecido has signed for two years while the others penned for one year. Rangel has returned to Brazil to get married while Andik will join us after the Sea Games.

"Pantelidis will join the team in Melbourne for an eight-day training stint, which starts on Sunday. The team will play two matches," said Rosman.

Selangor have signed 23 players, not including Nazri Ahmad, who could be suspended by FAM for also signing with Kelantan.

On Kuala Lumpur's demand of compensation for striker Ahmad Hazwan Bakri, who is currently with Young Tigers A, Rosman said the matter will be resolved soon.

KL, who will play in the FAM League next season, have demanded RM100,000 from Selangor for Ahmad Hazwan, who they claim must return to the club after his stint with Tigers.

Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin


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