Pahang FA of Malaysia failed to obtain AFC club license and will withdraw from the 2018 AFC Cup. Their place will be taken by Kedah FA. https://www.nst.com.my/sports/football/2017/11/306865/tmj-slams-pahang-fa-turning-down-afc-cup-slot But the FA of Malaysia (FAM) president said Pahang's decision sends the 'wrong signals' to other Malaysian teams. "Do they really think they are helping the national team or do they have an agenda to bring down the president and new leadership of FAM? I am not mincing my words here," said Tunku Ismail at a press conference in Johor Bahru today. "How will our football develop when you do not join an international competition such as the AFC Cup? You are sending the wrong signals to the other teams, it is as if the AFC Cup is not important. "If the AFC Cup is not important, then just send (your) President's Cup squad. At least the players will learn from the experience and you still participate in the tournament. "We are (affiliated) under AFC and AFC is under FIFA so we have to work together, not try to bring each other down."