KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 17, 2015:
Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT), the new kids on the block in the AFC Cup, created history by becoming Malaysia’s first club to reach the final after FIFA suspended the Kuwait Football Association (KFA) yesterday.
The FIFA’s executive committee decision has given the opportunity to the 2015 Malaysian Super League champions get the berth to the final.
JDT, who were scheduled to host defending champions Al-Qaddia SC of Kuwait in the second leg of the semifinals on Tuesday at Larkin Stadium, will march into the final to face FC Istiklol on Oct 31, the club’s official Facebook, Johor Southern Tigers, confirmed today.
“Congratulations to JDT for creating history and becoming the first Malaysian team to reach the AFC Cup final.
“This is a great opportunity for the Southern Tigers team and supporters to witness Johor Darul Ta’zim create history again in their football journey,” it stated.
FC Istiklol of Tajikistan were upgraded to final after another Kuwaiti club, Kuwait SC, were also affected by the suspension, despite going down 0-4 in the first leg.
According to a statement released at FIFA’s official website,www.fifa.com, the world football governing body had suspended KFA with immediate effect, following the decision by FIFA’s Executive Committee, which met on Sept 24 and 25.
“The suspension will be lifted only when the KFA and its members (the clubs) are able to carry out their activities and obligations independently.
“As a result of this decision, no team from Kuwait of any sort (including clubs) can have any international sporting contact and neither the KFA nor any of its members or officials can benefit from any development programme, course or training from FIFA or the AFC,” it said.
JDT had also created history earlier by emerging as the first Malaysian club to reach the semifinals of the AFC Cup.
However, the Southern Tigers were beaten 3-1 by Qadsia SC in the first leg of the semifinals played in Kuwait.