Kelantan FA

Kelantan Football Association, also known as The Red Warriors, is a professional association football club based in Kota Bharu, in the Malaysian state of Kelantan. The football team has played in the second tier of Malaysian football, Malaysia Premier League since 2019. Founded in 1946, they have a long-standing rivalry with Terengganu, the two east coast teams involved in what is known as the East Coast Derby.[4] Their home is the 22,000-seat Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium. Kelantan's regular kit colours are red shirt and shorts with a white pattern on the side.[5]

Kelantan FA
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Full nameKelantan Football Association
Nickname(s)The Red Warriors (Pahlawan Merah)
Golden Deers (Kijang Emas)
Short nameTRW, KRW
Founded1946; 74 years ago (1946)
(as Kelantan Amateur Football Association)
GroundSultan Muhammad IV Stadium[1]
Capacity22,000[2]
OwnerAfter Image Bhd (80%)[3]
Kelantan FA (20%)
PresidentWan Abdul Rahim Wan Abdullah
Head coachYusri Che Lah
LeagueMalaysia Premier League
201910th
Current season

The team had their first major success in the 2012 season, when they have won treble which is Malaysia Super League championship, Malaysia FA Cup and Malaysia Cup. Domestically, Kelantan have won the Malaysia Super League Championship on 2 occasions, most recently in the 2012 season, 2 Malaysia Cup titles, 2 Malaysia FA Cup titles, 1 Charity Shield and 1 Malaysia Premier League title.[6] 2012 was their debut playing in the AFC Cup. They played well in the group stage to gain first place. However, the team lost in the quarter final to Erbil SC.[7]

Club licensing regulationsEdit

HistoryEdit

Kelantan Football Association was founded in 1946 as Kelantan Amateur Football Association (Malay: Persatuan Bola Sepak Amatur Kelantan). In 1986, the former chief minister of Kelantan state, Datuk Haji Ahmad Rastom Haji Ahmad Maher was appointed as the president. 5 years later, the former Kelantan State Secretary, Datuk Haji Wan Hashim Wan Daud took over the post. He held the post until 2004 followed by Datuk Haji Ahmad Jazlan Yaakub.

By 2005 Kelantan was the only state team that played in the third-tier football league in Malaysia. The team ended the season bottom of the second-tier Malaysia Premier League and was then relegated to the third-tier league of Malaysia, Malaysia FAM League.[9]

Tan Sri Annuar Musa took over Kelantan in 2007 and many changes have occurred. Various new approach and renewal was done by him in management and team. The team succeed to improve position in Malaysia Premier League during 2007–08 season. The team ended in third place during the season. Kelantan FA was Malaysia FA Cup and Malaysia Cup runners-up during 2009 season. Annuar brought a revolution and transformed the way the team was run by introducing changes that were akin to those practised overseas. Local players were given exposure and national players were signed into the team to have a good blend of experience and finesse. Sponsorship deals were signed with various companies and with a good cash flow going into the first few years of his leadership, Kelantan FA now re-branded as The Red Warriors and was ready to take the pitch by storm.[10][11]

2009 seasonEdit

2009 was the Kelantan debut season in the Malaysia Super League after got promoted from Malaysia Premier League. They obtained 6th spot in the league with 44 points. During the Malaysia FA Cup final, they have lost to Selangor, 1–4 on penalties after both team ended 1–1 after extra time. Malaysia Cup became their second finals for the season but unfortunately they lost to Negeri Sembilan where the match was held at the National Stadium, Bukit Jalil.[12]

2010 seasonEdit

The team gained second place in the Malaysia Super League table behind Selangor with 59 points. The top scorer for the team was Norshahrul Idlan with 11 goals in the league and 14 goals overall. The team only lost once along the season while they playing against Kedah in Kota Bharu. Kelantan much awaited 89-years drought of Piala Malaysia ended in the 2010 Malaysia Cup after defeating defending champions Negeri Sembilan in the final at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium. They came from behind to clinch a 2–1 win. Negeri Sembilan opened the scoring in the 13th minute through a penalty kick by Shahurain Abu Samah after Kelantan's keeper Khairul Fahmi felled S. Kunalan in the penalty box. The equaliser came in the 57th minute from a header by Kelantan senior striker Hairuddin Omar through a pass by Norshahrul Idlan. Kelantan then took the lead through Badhri Radzi in the 65th minute from a lovely pass by Nor Farhan Muhammad.[13][14] Kelantan victorious coach B. Sathianathan refused to commit his future to the newly crowned Malaysia Cup champions as he awaits the result of an appeal against a six-months ban.[15] Unfortunately, the team campaign in 2009 Malaysia FA Cup ended in the second round when they ended draw but Kedah advanced to next round based on away goals rule.[16]

2011 seasonEdit

Kelantan started their 2011 season by beating Selangor 2–0 in the Charity Shield match held at the Shah Alam Stadium. The goals scored by Norshahrul Idlan through penalty kick after 7th minute match starts. In the 76th minute, Badhri Radzi securing a 2–0 win for the team. In the Malaysia FA Cup campaign, Kelantan lost to Terengganu 1–2 after extra time during final. The goal scored by Azwan Roya in the 79th minute.[17] During the Malaysia Super League campaign, Kelantan won the title for the first time. Therefore, they qualified to compete in the 2012 AFC Cup. Norshahrul Idlan became the top scorer for the team. He scored 19 goals in the league and 25 goals overall. Kelantan's Malaysia Cup campaign ended in the quarter-finals as they have lost to Terengganu with 5–3 on aggregate.

2012 seasonEdit

 
Kelantan FA fans in a 2012 Malaysia Cup semi-final match against Selangor

In 2012 season, the team clinched their second successive Malaysia Super League titles in style after thrashing Perak 6–0 at their home ground. Indra Putra made a hat-trick and 1 goal each from Mohammed Ghaddar, Badhri Radzi and Azwan Roya were enough for the defending champions to top the league again, regardless of the outcome in their two remaining matches.[18][19] During 2012 Malaysia Cup campaign, they have qualified to the final playing against ATM at the Shah Alam Stadium. Before that, they won against Selangor in semi-finals and Felda United in the quarter-finals. They were top of the table along with Terengganu, ATM and Kedah. In the final, Norshahrul Idlan scored the opening goal for the team a minute before half-time. Two minutes after the second-half started, Rezal Zambery scores by a 20 meters shot defeating goalkeeper, Khairul Fahmi. A minute later, Norshahrul Idlan scores back to make 2–1. On 63rd minutes, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines national striker, Marlon Alex James scores with a header. The scores remain 2–2 until they added an extra times. On 95th minutes, Indra Putra scores with a wonderful volley from the right side defeating Farizal Harun.[20] Kelantan beat ATM during 2012 Malaysia Cup final. The historical win completed a treble of wins for Kelantan after emerging Malaysia FA Cup champions and Malaysia Super League champions that season, after last achieved by Kedah for two consecutive seasons in 2007 and 2008.[21][22]

2013 seasonEdit

Kelantan started the season with a defeated to ATM on the Charity Shield match. They have lost on penalties after draw 1–1 after extra time scores by Indra Putra.[23] The first league match was at their home ground and they won against PKNS with scores 2–1. Badhri Radzi scores the equaliser at the last minute of the match to Kelantan gained 3 points. They started the 2013 season with a bit inconsistent. They only got 1 win, 3 draws, and 1 lost in the first 5 matches in the league.[24] Kelantan close their league campaign by beating LionsXII 2–0 at the Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium in Kota Bharu. Goals were scored by Badhri Radzi and Dickson Nwakaeme.[25]

In the 2013 Malaysia FA Cup, the team met Johor Darul Ta'zim in the final after defeating Terengganu with 6–5 on aggregate in semi-finals.[26] They also defeating east-Malaysia team, Sarawak in the quarter-finals with 4–1 on aggregate. The team initially gets a bye for the first round and they played at the second round defeating PKNS in Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium in Kota Bharu with 4–2 win. During the final, Kelantan wins 1–0 against Johor Darul Ta'zim. The sole goal was scored by Nor Farhan Muhammad 15 minutes into the game. With this victory Kelantan successfully retain their Malaysia FA Cup title for the second year in the row.[27][28]

During Malaysia Cup final, Kelantan failed to retain their title last year after a defeat to Pahang with 0–1. [29]

2014 seasonEdit

Kelantan started the season with a win with a one-goal difference during the match against Sime Darby at their home ground, Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium 2 goals scored by Mohammed Ghaddar.[30] Their first loss in this season was at their home ground against PKNS when an unexpected comeback with 2 goals after an opening goal from Fakri Saarani at 30th minute of the match.[31] During this season Kelantan only win 10 from 24 matches and at the last the chart shows that Kelantan finish 6th from all 12 teams that compete in Malaysia Super League. Controversy arose when the fans were not happy with head coach, Steve Darby because of his style of management and he was replaced by former English club player, George Boateng after a big lost 0–4 to Sime Darby.[32][33][34] Ghanaian forward Prince Tagoe signed with Kelantan after departure of Mohammed Ghaddar during mid season. He only made 3 appearances before being released due to poor performance.[35][36]

2015 seasonEdit

Kelantan began the 2015 season with a 2–0 win over ATM during away match at Majlis Perbandaran Selayang Stadium, and their first loss came when they lose 0–4 to the newly promoted PDRM on 21 February. Their 2015 Malaysia Super League ended with the team get 9th places from 12 teams competing with 8 wins, 4 draws and 10 losses from all 22 matches played. Their best achievement this season came when they became 2015 Malaysia FA Cup runner-up behind the champions LionsXII after losing 1–3 to LionsXII with a consolation goal scored by Wan Zack Haikal in 63rd minute before 2 goal scored by LionsXII supersub, Sahil Suhaimi in 82nd and 92nd minute lifted up LionsXII to become 2015 Malaysia FA Cup champion. Their 2015 Malaysia Cup ended with the team did not advance to knockout phase after lasted in 3rd place in group C, 1 point behind second place Felda United and 2 point behind the top table team, Selangor. Kelantan had 2 changes of head coaches this season with George Boateng replaced by Azraai Khor on 24 March and the second changes came on 4 July after Azraai Khor resigned and replaced by Zahasmi Ismail who became the caretaker head coach for the rest of the season. Wan Zaharulnizam also became the first player to win PFAM Player of the Month. Brazilian Gilmar became their top scorer this season for all competition with 11 goals.

2016 seasonEdit

The team started the season with a 0–0 draw with Perak at the away team home ground, Perak Stadium and their first win and loss came when they won 1–0 over PDRM and a 1–2 lose to Kedah. Their 2016 Malaysia Super League campaign ended at 4th places from 12 teams competing with 7 wins, 8 draws and 7 losses from all 22 matches played with 29 points collected. Their 2016 Malaysia FA Cup journey ended at Round of 16 after losing 4–5 on penalty shoot-out to Kedah after a 1–1 draw with a goal scored by Jonathan McKain. The Malaysia Cup campaign ended with the team did advanced to knockout phase after lasted in second place in group B, 1 point behind the top table Selangor. They were knocked out by PDRM in the quarter-finals by away goals rule after 2–2 draw on aggregate. Kelantan had changes of head coaches this season with K. Devan resigned from his position on 12 May and being replaced by former Maldives national team head coach, Velizar Popov on 13 May. Baze Ilijoski became top scorer of the team with 16 goals. This season also saw a change in the club president after Tan Sri Annuar Musa has decided to quit the post with immediate effect on 8 November with the position temporarily held by vice president, Afandi Hamzah.[37]

2017 seasonEdit

On 30 November 2016, Zahasmi Ismail[38] was appointed as the team new head coach, succeeding Velizar Popov[39] in the role facing the 2017 season. Kelantan almost got relegated to the second tier league but came strong during last match clinched a 1–3 win over Melaka United and finished at 10th of the table.

On 17 December 2017, Bibi Ramjani Ilias Khan was voted in as the new president of Kelantan Football Association for the term 2018–2021. She was appointed to the top post of the association after defeating Datuk Muhammad Nasir Hamzah in the voting process. Bibi told FOX Sports Asia regarding the 2018 Malaysia Super League that "Both Apek (Khairul Fahmi) and Piya (Badhri) are not in the coach’s plans, so we will release them if there are offers. Previously I have changed coaches to please the senior players, but now I have to respect the coach." Datuk Seri Afandi Hamzah defended his deputy president post, overcoming Datuk Rosmadi Ismail in the process.[40]

AFC Cup competitionsEdit

2012 seasonEdit

2012 was Kelantan debut compete in AFC Cup, they are eligible to compete in the competition after winning the 2011 Malaysia Super League title. Terengganu as 2011 Malaysia FA Cup winner also will represent Malaysia in the 2012 AFC Cup. Kelantan was drawn into Group G with Arema Cronous, Ayeyawady United and Navibank Sài Gòn. The team was on top of the table with 13 points in 6 matches. Malaysian's partner, Terengganu was defeated by Kelantan in the round of 16 by 3–2 in Kota Bharu. During quarter-finals, Kelantan lost to Erbil SC from Iraq 6–2 on aggregate. Mohammed Ghaddar was the team top scorer with 8 goals.[41][42]

2013 seasonEdit

2013 was Kelantan second year playing in AFC Cup after winning a treble in the Malaysian football in 2012 season. Kelantan start their 2013 AFC Cup campaign on 6 March 2013 with 1–1 draw against Maziya during group stage. Their goal was scored by Badhri Radzi at 77th minute of the match. Kelantan has gained first place in the group stage, group G with SHB Đà Nẵng, Maziya and Ayeyawady United. They qualified just until round of 16 after defeated by Hong Kong's football club, Kitchee SC with 2–0 in score. Selangor also participate in the AFC Cup competitions. Badhri Radzi and Dimitri Petratos was the top scorer for the team with 4 goals.[43]

2014 seasonEdit

In 2014, Kelantan has been eligible to play for the third consecutive year in the AFC Cup after beating Johor Darul Ta'zim 1–0 during the 2013 Malaysia FA Cup final. Kelantan have been drawn into group G along with South China, Yangon United and Vissai Ninh Bình. They finished bottom of the group with only 3 points in 6 group stage matches. On 26 February, the team started their AFC campaign with a 5–3 loss to Burmese club, Yangon United. Wan Zaharulnizam scored 1 goal and 2 more goals came from captain, Badhri Radzi.[44] Wan Zaharulnizam became the top scorer of the team during 2014 campaign with 3 goals.

StadiumEdit

Stadium Sultan Muhammad IV
ستاديوم صلطان محمد ٤
 
LocationJalan Mahmood,
Kota Bharu
Kelantan,
Malaysia,
SW6 1HS
Coordinates6°7′26″N 102°14′36″E / 6.12389°N 102.24333°E / 6.12389; 102.24333Coordinates: 6°7′26″N 102°14′36″E / 6.12389°N 102.24333°E / 6.12389; 102.24333
OperatorPerbadanan Stadium Kelantan[45]
Capacity30,000-seat[46]
Field size119 by 100 metres (130.1 yd × 109.4 yd)
SurfaceGrass
ScoreboardElectronic scoreboard
Construction
Built1967
Opened1967[49]
Renovated2010[47]
2016[48]
Construction costRM 1,500,000 (1967)
Tenants
Kelantan (1967–present)
Tumpat (2013)
MPKB-BRI U-BeS (2016-present)

Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium is the oldest football field in Malaysia and probably the oldest in Asia continent based on the use of field. The stadium was built in 1967 and initially aims to provide a venue for sports activities from Kelantan, especially as a football pitch. The stadium was built in an area of 13 acres at a cost of RM 1.5 million, was built in stages.

It was built on the site of a football field of Kelantan Football Association and located in the heart of Kota Bharu town center. The stadium initially managed by the Association of Kelantan Stadium, which is chaired by the Menteri Besar of the state of Kelantan and comprises a total of 30 members made up of government employees as well as representatives of sports associations.[50]

The stadium is usually full by 30,000 spectators especially during the Malaysia FA Cup and the Malaysia Cup matches.

ControversyEdit

2009 FA Cup semi-final incidentEdit

On 7 April 2009, Halim Napi was suspended for punching and stepping on Negeri Sembilan's defender, Aidil Zafuan during 2009 Malaysia FA Cup semi-final first-leg match.[51] As a result of the incident, the team have been slapped with a total fine of RM 900,000 and their ground in Kota Bharu has been suspended as a venue for all matches sanctioned by Football Association of Malaysia until the end of the season.[52]

2013 Lack of ticket issueEdit

On 25 June 2013, Kelantan fans turned unruly after the 2013 Malaysia FA Cup final tickets were sold out in 10 minutes after counter opened. There were chaotic scenes when the tickets were put up on sale at the Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium. The fans, who had started queuing up for the tickets from as early as 6 a.m., became agitated when the tickets were sold out barely 10 minutes after going on sale at 9 a.m. Although Kelantan Football Association was allocated 30,000 of the 87,000 tickets available for the finals against Johor Darul Ta'zim, fans claimed that only 16 tickets were bought by four spectators before the sold-out announcement was made. This caused the agitated fans to break down the stadium gate before forcing the seller to hand over the bag containing the tickets.

However, there were only tickets for the previous night's Malaysia Super League match between Kelantan and Pahang in the bag. The angry fans then proceeded to tear up the tickets before venting their anger by hurling abuse at absent Kelantan FA officials. Kelantan FA's secretary and team manager, Azman Ibrahim, said that most of the 30,000 tickets had been pre-booked in bulk, and there were limited tickets on sale at the stadium. He also assured the fans that the pre-booked tickets were for Kelantan FA supporters. He has requested the Football Association of Malaysia for more tickets, and said that he expected a response on 26 June. The problem of insufficient tickets is not new, as many fans always want to see Kelantan FA play whenever it is in a final.[53]

2016 financial constraint issueEdit

In 2016, the club has been going through critical financial problem of settling its outstanding players and coach salaries.[54] It also having problem getting new sponsorship for the team. Kafa president Annuar Musa's decision to quit during this time of trouble and the team is going through bad performances was questioned by many who had likened him to "a captain abandons his sinking ship".[55][56][57][58][59]

Season by season recordsEdit

Season League[60][61] Charity
Shield
Malaysia
FA Cup
Malaysia
Cup
AFC Cup Top scorer
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos Name Goals
1989 DIV 1 16 2 3 11 8 26 9 9th  – N/a  –  – N/A N/A
1990 DIV 2 14 9 2 3 38 15 29 2nd  –  –  –  – Hashim Mustapha
Boonphop Praphut
13
1991 DIV 1 18 6 1 11 24 40 19 10th  –  –  –  – N/A N/A
1992 DIV 2 14 5 4 5 27 18 19 3rd  –  –  –  – Dariusz Dudala 9
1993 DIV 1 18 5 4 9 31 34 19 6th  –  – SF  – Hashim Mustapha 13
1994 PL 28 11 7 10 48 42 40 9th  –  – GS  – Hashim Mustapha 25
1995 PL 28 5 8 15 31 49 23 15th  –  –  –  – Hashim Mustapha 11
1996 PL 28 4 5 19 18 52 17 15th  –  –  –  – N/A N/A
1997 PL 28 8 4 16 33 58 28 13th  – R2  –  – N/A N/A
1998 PL2 14 6 6 2 20 16 24 3rd  – R2  –  – N/A N/A
1999 PL2 18 7 5[a] 6 23 26 29 5th  – QF  –  – N/A N/A
2000 PL2 18 10 6 2 48 21 36 1st  – R2 QF  – Anuar Abu Bakar 15
2001 PL1 22 11 5 6 33 21 38 3rd  – R1 SF  – Anuar Abu Bakar 7
2002 PL1 26 9 3 14 29 41 30 10th  – R2 GS  – Worrawoot Srimaka 15
2003 PL1 24 7 7 10 31 52 28 10th  – R1 GS  – Fatrurazi Rozi 7
2004 MPL 24 1 7 16 13 42 10 9th  – R1  –  – Khairul Zal Azmi 3
2005 FAM League (Champions)  – QF  –  – N/A N/A
2005–06 MPL 21 7 5 9 33 35 26 6th  – R2  –  – N/A N/A
2006–07 MPL 20 4 8 8 23 31 20 8th  – R2 GS  – N/A N/A
2007–08 MPL 24 16 5 3 59 30 53 3rd  – R1 GS  – Mohamed Moustapha 27
2009 MSL 26 14 2 10 49 36 44 6th  – RU RU  – Indra Putra Mahayuddin 14
2010 MSL 26 17 8 1 50 14 59 2nd  – R2 W  – Norshahrul Idlan 11
2011 MSL 26 17 5 4 52 21 56 1st W RU QF  – Norshahrul Idlan 18
2012 MSL 26 18 6 2 53 18 60 1st RU W W QF Mohammed Ghaddar 9
2013 MSL 22 10 6 6 32 20 36 4th RU W RU R16 Badhri Radzi
Indra Putra Mahayuddin
Nor Farhan Muhammad
6
2014 MSL 22 10 1 11 26 29 31 6th  – SF QF GS Francis Doe 5
2015 MSL 22 8 4 10 34 38 28 9th  – RU GS  – Gilmar 6
2016 MSL 22 7 8 7 37 33 29 4th  – R3 QF Blazhe Ilijoski 14
2017 MSL 22 7 4 11 31 39 22 10th  – R2 GS  – Mohammed Ghaddar 18
2018 MSL 22 5 3 14 20 43 18 11th  – R3 QF  – Shafiq Shaharudin 6
  1. ^ Draw were followed by penalty shootouts for an additional point.
Champions Runners-up Third Place Promoted Relegated

Individual player awardsEdit

Golden Boot WinnersEdit

Season Player Goals
1990   Hashim Mustapha 13
  Boonphop Praphut
1992   Dariusz Dudala 9
1993   Hashim Mustapha 13
1994   Hashim Mustapha 25
2000   Anuar Abu Bakar 15
2007–08   Mohamed Moustapha 27

* Only players who won the golden boot listed

League Top GoalscorersEdit

Season Player Goals
2007–08   Mohamed Moustapha 27
2009   Indra Putra Mahayuddin 14
2010   Norshahrul Idlan 11
2011   Norshahrul Idlan 18
2012   Mohammed Ghaddar 9
2013   Indra Putra Mahayuddin 6
  Badhri Radzi
  Nor Farhan Muhammad
2014   Francis Doe 5
  Mohamed Shawky
2015   Nor Farhan Muhammad 6
  Gilmar
2016   Blazhe Ilijoski 14
2017   Mohammed Ghaddar 18
2018   Shafiq Shaharudin 6
2019   Nik Akif 5

* Only goals scored during a league match counted

Club Top GoalscorersEdit

Season Player Goals
2007–08   Mohamed Moustapha 32
2009   Indra Putra Mahayuddin 30
2010   Norshahrul Idlan 14
2011   Norshahrul Idlan 24
2012   Mohammed Ghaddar 21
2013   Badhri Radzi 16
2014   Francis Doe 13
2015   Gilmar 11
2016   Blazhe Ilijoski 16
2017   Mohammed Ghaddar 18
2018   Shafiq Shaharudin 7
2019   Nik Akif 5

* All goals scored by the player in any competitions counted

HonoursEdit

International competitionsEdit

Domestic competitionsEdit

LeagueEdit

  Winners (2): 2011, 2012
  Runners-up (1): 2010
  Winners (1): 2000
  Winners (3): 1953*, 1954, 2005 (* shared)
  Runners-up (3): 1963, 1971, 1972

CupsEdit

  Winners (2): 2010, 2012
  Runners-up (4): 1955, 1970, 2009, 2013
  Winners (2): 2012, 2013
  Runners-up (3): 2009, 2011, 2015
  Winners (1): 2011
  Runners-up (2): 2012, 2013

TrebleEdit

U21 TeamEdit

  Winners (7): 1985, 1995, 2005, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016
  Runners-up (3): 1988, 2003, 2006–07

U19 TeamEdit

  Winners (2): 2008, 2014
  Runners-up (1): 2013

Record of SuccessEdit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 20 February 2020[62][63]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1   GK Fikri Che Soh
2   DF Masaki Watanabe
3   DF Afiq Azuan
5   DF Shahrul Nizam
6   DF Farisham Ismail (captain)
7   FW Khairul Rizam
8   FW Wan Zaharulnizam Zakaria
9   FW Lazarus Kaimbi
10   MF Kang Seung-Jo
11   FW Felix Chidi Odili
12   MF Mohd Hakimi Abdullah
13   DF Azwan Aripin
14   DF Wan Afiq Kasbi
No. Position Player
15   MF Khairul Asyraf
17   MF Danial Ashraf
18   DF Syaiful Alias
20   FW Nazrin Nawi
22   GK Arif Abdullah
23   FW Afiq Saluddin
25   MF Mohd Azrul Ahmad
26   FW Nik Azli
27   FW Juzaerul Jasmi
28   MF Amirul Shafik
29   MF Imran Samso
30   GK Faridzuean Kamaruddin
33   MF Nik Akif

For recent transfers, see 2019 Kelantan FA season.

Development squadEdit

Women squadEdit

Former playersEdit

Club officialsEdit

Board membersEdit

Managerial historyEdit

Managers by years (1991–present)

Name Nationality Years Notes
Yusoff Ali   Malaysia 1991
Zulkifle Wan Yusoff   Malaysia 1994
Suhaidi Yusof   Malaysia 1998
Wan Hashim Wan Daud   Malaysia 1998 – 2002
Azman Ibrahim   Malaysia 2005
Ahmad Jazlan Yaakub   Malaysia 2006 – 2008
Peter James Butler   England 2009 First foreign manager
Azman Ibrahim   Malaysia 2009 – 13 November 2012[64]
Bojan Hodak   Croatia 13 November 2013[65]–16 February 2013 Second foreign manager
Azman Ibrahim   Malaysia 17 February 2013[66]–14 November 2015[67]
K. Devan   Malaysia 5 December 2015 – 12 May 2016[68]
Velizar Popov   Bulgaria 12 May 2016 – 12 July 2016 Third foreign manager
Wan Badri Wan Omar   Malaysia 12 July 2016 – 31 December 2016[69]
Rosmadi Ismail   Malaysia 1 January 2017 – 17 June 2017
Alfredo Gonzales   Uruguay 17 June 2017 – 20 July 2017[70] Fourth foreign manager
Afandi Hamzah   Malaysia 20 July 2017 – 31 December 2017
Yahya Jamada Ali   Malaysia 1 January 2018 – 2 July 2018
Wan Rakemi Wan Zahari   Malaysia 3 July 2018 – 31 December 2018
Nik Phakaruddin   Malaysia 1 January 2019 – Present

CoachesEdit

Coaches by years (1986–present)

Name Nationality Years Honours
Yusoff Mohamed   Malaysia 1986
Hamid Ghani   Malaysia 1987
Milan Đuričić   Yugoslavia 1988
Majid Ariff   Singapore 1989
Mahadi Yusof (interim)   Malaysia 1989
Mohamad Che Su   Malaysia September 1989 –
Milan Đuričić   Yugoslavia – June 1991
Mahadi Yusof (interim)   Malaysia June 1991 –
Horst Heese   Germany – June 1992[71]
Mahadi Yusof (interim)   Malaysia June 1992 –
M. Karathu   Malaysia 1993
Milouš Kvaček   Czechoslovakia 1994 – 1995
Kelly Tham   Malaysia 1996 – 1997
Kamaruddin Md Noor   Malaysia 1998
Mosthakeen Omar   Malaysia 1999
Abdul Rahim Ahmad   Malaysia 2000 2000 Division 2/Premier League 2/Premier League
K. Rajagopal   Malaysia 1 January 2001 – 1 January 2003
Abdullah Mohamad   Malaysia 2003 – 2004
Abdul Rahim Ahmad   Malaysia 2005 – 2006 2005 Malaysia FAM League
Kamaruddin Mohamad   Malaysia 2007
Anizan Daud   Malaysia 2007
Norizan Bakar   Malaysia 30 October 2007[72] – 31 May 2008
Régis Laguesse   France 31 May 2008[73] – August 2008
Peter James Butler   England 28 September 2008 – 19 September 2009 2009 Malaysia FA Cup Runners-up
B. Sathianathan   Malaysia 24 September 2009 – 25 January 2011 2009 Malaysia Cup Runners-up
2010 Malaysia Cup
M. Karathu   Malaysia 27 January 2011 – 18 October 2011 2011 Malaysia Super League
2011 Charity Shield
Peter Butler   England 15 November 2011 – 29 February 2012 2012 Charity Shield Runners-up
Bojan Hodak   Croatia 29 February 2012 – 5 November 2013 2012 Malaysia Super League
2012 Malaysia FA Cup
2012 Malaysia Cup
2013 Malaysia FA Cup
2013 Malaysia Cup Runners-up
2013 Charity Shield Runners-up
Steve Darby   England 15 November 2013 – 16 April 2014
George Boateng   Netherlands 25 April 2014 – 24 March 2015
Azraai Khor   Malaysia 24 Mar 2015 – 6 July 2015[74] 2015 Malaysia FA Cup Runners-up
K. Devan   Malaysia 5 December 2015 – 12 May 2016
Velizar Popov   Bulgaria 13 May 2016 – 23 October 2016[75]
Zahasmi Ismail   Malaysia 30 November 2016 – 30 November 2017[76]
Sathit Bensoh1   Thailand 7 December 2017 – 15 February 2018[77][78][79]
Yusri Che Lah (interim)   Malaysia 15 February 2018 – 23 March 2018
Fajr Ibrahim   Syria 24 March 2018 – 5 June 2018[80]
Marko Kraljević   Croatia 26 January 2019 – 8 April 2019
Yusri Che Lah   Malaysia 4 April 2019 – Present

1Interim head coach from 12 October until 6 December 2017

Captain historyEdit

Captain by Years (2016–present)

Years Captain Nationality Vice-Captain Nationality
2016 Badhri Radzi   Malaysia Indra Putra   Malaysia
2017 Badhri Radzi   Malaysia Indra Putra   Malaysia
2018[a] Shahrizan Ismail   Malaysia Farisham Ismail   Malaysia
2019 Cássio   Brazil
  1. ^ Badhri Radzi was the team captain and Khairul Fahmi was the team vice-captain before left the club during season.

Halls of FameEdit

100 Appearances PlayersEdit

100 Appearances Players (2008–present)

* Senior club appearances counted for the domestic league only.

AFC clubs rankingEdit

As of 1 December 2017.[81]
Current Rank Country Team
127   Dordoi Bishkek
128   April 25
129   Than Quảng Ninh
130   Salam Zgharta
131   Kelantan

SponsorsEdit

The following are the sponsors of Kelantan FA:

Title Sponsor

Shirt Sponsor

  • PUC

Co-Sponsors

Partners

  • MESRA Medicare
  • Excel Printing & Copy Centre
  • Pakaq Gomo Gym
  • Exa Supply

KitsEdit

Period Sportswear
2009   Sportzone
2010–2012   Warriors,   Umbro
2013–2015   Warriors
2016   DSV
2017   HORC
2018   Lotto
2019   PUC

Alliance ClubsEdit

See alsoEdit

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Achievements
Preceded by
Selangor
Malaysia Super League Champions
2011 . 2012
Succeeded by
LionsXII
Preceded by
Terengganu
Malaysia FA Cup Champions
2012 . 2013
Succeeded by
Pahang
Preceded by
Negeri Sembilan
Malaysia Cup Champions
2012
Succeeded by
Pahang
Preceded by
Selangor
Charity Shield Champions
2011
Succeeded by
Negeri Sembilan
Preceded by
Kedah
Treble Winners
2012
Succeeded by
Incumbent