Kelantan FA

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Kelantan Football Association
Full name Kelantan Football Club
(Kelab Bola Sepak Kelantan)
Nickname(s) The Red Warriors (Pahlawan Merah)
The Golden Deers (Kijang Emas)
Founded 1946; 69 years ago (1946), as Kelantan Amateur Football Association
Ground Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium
Kota Bharu, Kelantan
Ground Capacity 22,000
Chairman Annuar Musa
League Malaysia Super League
2015 Malaysia Super League, 9th
Website Club home page
Current season

Kelantan Football Club is a professional football club based in Kota Bharu, in the Malaysian state of Kelantan. The football team has played in the top tier of Malaysian football, Malaysia Super League since 2009. 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.[1] Their home is the 22,000-seat Sultan Muhammad IV stadium. Kelantan's regular kit colours are red shirt and shorts with a white swathe pattern on the side.[2]

The club had their first major success in the 2012 season, when they won the 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 Cups, 2 Malaysia FA Cups, 1 Malaysia Charity Shield and 1 Malaysian League Division II title.[3] 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.[4]


The club 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's State Secretary Datuk Haji Wan Hashim Wan Daud took over the president's post. He held the post until 2004. After that, the president post has been held by Datuk Haji Ahmad Jazlan Yaakub. By 2005 Kelantan FA 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 Malaysia FAM League.[5]

Tan Sri Annuar Musa take over The Red Warriors in 2007 and many changes have occurred. Various new approach and renewal is 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 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.[6][7]

2009 season[edit]

2009 was the club debut season in the Malaysia Super League after got promoted from Malaysia Premier League. They obtained 1st spot in the league with 81 points. During 2009 Malaysia FA Cup final, they have lost to Selangor FA, 1–4 on penalties after both team ended 1–1 after extra time. 2009 Malaysia Cup became their second finals for the season but unfortunately they also lost to Negeri Sembilan FA where the match was held at the National Stadium, Bukit Jalil.[8]

2010 season[edit]

The club gained second place in the Super League table behind Selangor FA with 59 points. The top scorer for the team was Norshahrul Idlan Talaha with 11 goals in the league and 14 goals overall. The team only lost once during the season while they playing against Kedah FA in Kota Bharu. Kelantan FA much awaited 89-year drought of Malaysia Cup ended in 2010 Malaysia Cup after defeating defending champions Negeri Sembilan FA in the final at the National Stadium, Bukit Jalil. They came from behind to clinch a 2–1 win. Negeri Sembilan FA opened the scoring in the 13th minute through a penalty kick by Shahurain Abu Samah after Kelantan FA's keeper Khairul Fahmi Che Mat's felled S. Kunalan in the penalty box. That equaliser came in the 57th minute from a header by Kelantan FA senior striker Hairuddin Omar through a pass by Norshahrul Idlan. Kelantan FA then took the lead through Badhri Radzi in the 65th minute from a lovely pass by Nor Farhan Muhammad.[9][10] Kelantan FA 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.[11] Unfortunately, the team campaign in 2010 Malaysia FA Cup ended in the second round when they ended draw but Kedah FA advanced to next round based on away-goal rules.[12]

2011 season[edit]

For the 2011 season the team has beat Selangor FA 2–0 in Charity Shield Cup match held at the Shah Alam Stadium. The goals scored by Norshahrul Idlan Talaha through penalty kick after 7th minute match starts. In the 76th minute, Badhri Radzi securing a 2–0 win for the team. In the FA Cup campaign, Kelantan FA lost to Terengganu FA 1–2 after extra time during final. Kelantan FA's goal scored by Nurul Azwan Roya in the 79th minute.[13] During Malaysia Super League campaign, Kelantan FA won the title for the first time. Therefore, they qualified to compete in 2012 AFC Cup. Norshahrul Idlan Talaha became the top scorer for the team. He scored 19 goals in the league and 25 goals overall. Kelantan FA's Malaysia Cup campaign ended in the quarter-finals as they have lost to Terengganu FA with 5–3 on aggregate.

2012 season[edit]

In 2012 season, the team clinched their second successive Malaysia Super League titles in style after thrashing Perak 6–0 at the 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.[14][15] 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 FA and Kedah. The final match scores by Norshahrul Idlan Talaha 1–0 before the first half ended. Two minutes after that Rezal Zambery scores by a 20 meters shot defeating Kelantan FA's goalkeeper, Khairul Fahmi. A minute later, Norshahrul Idlan Talaha 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.[16] Kelantan FA beat ATM FA during 2012 Malaysia Cup final. The historical win completed a treble of wins for Kelantan FA after emerging FA Cup champions and Super League champions that season, after last achieved by Kedah FA for two consecutive seasons in 2007 and 2008.[17][18]

2013 season[edit]

Kelantan FA starts the season with a defeated to ATM on the Charity Shield Cup match. They have lost on penalties after draw 1–1 after extra time scores by Indra Putra.[19]

The first league of the 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 FA gained 3 points. Kelantan FA 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.[20] Kelantan FA close their league campaign by beating LionsXII 2–0 at the Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium. Goals were scored by Badhri Radzi and Dickson Nwakaeme.[21]

In the 2013 Malaysia FA Cup, the team met Johor Darul Takzim in the final after defeating Terengganu FA with 6–5 on aggregate in semi-finals.[22] 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 in score. During the final, Kelantan FA wins 1–0 against Johor Darul Takzim FC. The sole goal was scored by Nor Farhan Muhammad 15 minutes into the game. With this victory Kelantan FA successfully retain their FA Cup title for the second year in the row.[23][24]

During Malaysia Cup final, Kelantan FA failed to retain their title last year after a defeat to Pahang FA with 0–1. [25] |

2014 Season[edit]

Kelantan Fa started the season with a win with a 1-goal difference during the match Kelantan vs Sime Darby F.C. at their home ground, Sultan Muhamad IV Stadium thanks to 2 goals scored by Mohammed Ghaddar.[26] Their first loss in this season was at their home ground also during the match Kelantan vs PKNS F.C. when an unexpected comeback with 2 goals after a goal from Ahmad Fakri Saarani lead Kelantan at the start gained them a valuable 3 points.[27] On this season Kelantan only win 10 from 24 matches and at the last the chart shows that Kelantan are the 6th team from all 12th team in Malaysia Super League. Controversy arose when the fans were not happy with Steve Darby because of his style of management and he was replaced by George Boateng after he lost a match with a bad result during the match Kelantan vs Sime Darby F.C. where Kelantan lost to Sime Darby F.C. 0-4.[28][29][30] Prince Tagoe also might be a name that the fans do not want to hear anymore after he hecame one of the worsts player Kelantan FA ever had when he came during mid season to replace Mohammed Ghaddar.[31][32]

AFC Cup competitions[edit]

2012 season[edit]

2012 was Kelantan FA debut compete in AFC Cup, they were selected along with, Terengganu as the Malaysian representatives to play in the 2012 AFC Cup. The team was drawn into Group G with Arema Cronous, Ayeyawady United and Navibank Saigon. The team was on top of the table. Malaysian's partner, Terengganu was defeated by Kelantan FA in the round of 16 with 3–2 in Kota Bharu. During quarter-finals, Kelantan FA lost to Erbil SC from Iraq 6–2 on aggregate.[33]

2013 season[edit]

In 2013, the team qualified to the Kelantan FA for the second time after winning a treble in the Malaysian football. They were also on top of group G, with SHB Da Nang, 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 join their journey in the AFC Cup competitions.[34]

2014 season[edit]

Kelantan FA eligible to play in the 2014 AFC Cup tournament for the third consecutive year after beating Johor Darul Takzim in 2013 Malaysia FA Cup Final but knocked out early in the group stage.[35]

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor Other Shirt sponsor
1995-2001 Asics
2002-2008 Nike
2009 Sportzone AirAsia
2010-2012 Umbro, Warriors Sinar Harian
2013-2014 Nike Hotlink
2014-2015 Warriors
2016-2020 Nike


Kelantan FA ground stadium is Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium in Kota Bharu. The stadium is usually full by 22,000 spectators especially during the Malaysia FA Cup and Malaysia Cup matches.


2009 FA Cup semi-final incident[edit]

On 7 April 2009, Halim Napi was suspended for punching and stepping on Negeri Sembilan's defender, Aidil Zafuan during 2009 FA Cup semi-final first-leg match.[36] 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 FAM until the end of the season.[37]

Lack of ticket issue[edit]

On 25 June 2013, Kelantan FA fans turned unruly after the 2013 FA Cup Final tickets were sold out in 10 minutes. There were chaotic scenes when the tickets were put up on sale at the Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium. Kelantan FA 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 9am. Although Kelantan Football Association was allocated 30,000 of the 87,000 tickets available for the finals against Johor Darul Takzim, 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 FA 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, Haji 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.[38]

Club records[edit]

Update on 18 October 2015


  • Pld = Played, W = Won, D = Drawn, L = Lost, F = Goals for, A = Goals against, Pts= Points, Pos = Position
Season League Cup Asia
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos Charity FA Malaysia Competition Result
1989 Division 1 16 2 3 11 8 26 9 * competition starting in 1990 *competition starting in 2004 *competition starting in 2004
1990 Division 2 14 9 2 3 38 15 29
1991 Division 1 18 6 1 11 24 40 19
1992 Division 2 14 5 4 5 27 18 19 3rd
1993 Division 1 18 5 4 9 31 34 19 6th
1994 MPL 28 11 7 10 48 42 40 9th Group Stage
1995 MPL 28 5 8 15 31 49 23 15th
1996 MPL 28 4 5 19 18 52 17 15th
1997 MPL 28 8 4 16 33 58 28 13th Round 2
1998 MP2L 14 6 6 2 20 16 24 3rd Round 2
1999 MP2L 18 7 5 6 23 26 29 5th Quarter-Finals
2000 MP2L 18 10 6 2 48 21 36 1st Round 2 Quarter-Finals
2001 MP1L 22 11 5 6 33 21 38 3rd Round 1 Semi-Finals
2002 MP1L 26 9 3 14 29 41 30 10th Round 2 Group Stage
2003 MP1L 24 7 7 10 31 52 28 10th Round 1 Group Stage
2004 MPL 24 1 7 16 13 42 10 9th Round 1
2005 FAM Cup (Champions) Quarter-Finals
2005–06 MPL 21 7 5 9 33 35 26 5th Round 2
2006–07 MPL 20 4 8 8 23 31 20 8th Round 2 Group Stage
2007–08 MPL 24 16 5 3 59 30 53 3rd Round 1 Group Stage
2009 MSL 26 14 2 10 49 36 44 6th Runner-Up Runner-Up
2010 MSL 26 17 8 1 50 14 59 2nd Round 2 Champions
2011 MSL 26 17 5 4 52 21 56 1st Champions Runner-Up Quarter-Finals
2012 MSL 26 18 6 2 53 18 60 1st Runner-Up Champions Champions AFC Cup Quarter-Finals
2013 MSL 22 10 6 6 32 20 36 4th Runner-Up Champions Runner-Up AFC Cup Round 16
2014 MSL 22 10 1 11 26 29 31 6th Semi-Finals Quarter-Finals AFC Cup Group Stage
2015 MSL 22 8 4 10 34 38 28 9th Runner-Up Group Stage
2016 MSL

Players Awards[edit]

M.League Golden Boot Winners[edit]