Kedah Football Association (Malay: Persatuan Bola Sepak Kedah) is a football association that supervises football in the state of Kedah, Malaysia.
Kedah FA is a professional football team from Malaysia that is based in Alor Setar. It represents the state of Kedah, under the supervision of Kedah Football Association. Kedah FA currently plays in the Malaysia Super League, and they are the only team in the history of Malaysian football to have achieved treble titles twice, in 2006–07 and 2007–08 seasons.
Kedah FA traditional colours are red and black, but currently the home kit has been in the colours of green and yellow since 1988. This idea was suggested by Dato’ Shukri Hashim after Kedah FA Deputy President, the late Dato’ Paduka Ahmad Basri Akil asked for a different set of colours for the home kit.
However, Ahmad Basri changed Shukri’s idea to ‘green and yellow’ which fits the Kedah state’s nickname Jelapang Padi. The Kedah FA kit is currently manufactured by Lotto. Their previous kit manufacturers were Line 7, Lotto and Puma. Kedah FA’s first team sponsor was Sharp, from 1989 to 2000. Following that, the club was sponsored by Modenas. Their current shirt sponsor is PKNK which had been the main team sponsor of Kedah FA since 2005. The ideas of the current Kedah FA crest also came from Ahmad Basri Akil after he announced the then-new Kedah FA official colours of green and yellow in 1988. Green dominates the background; the side of the crest shows 11 joint bordered lines which signify the 11 districts of the Kedah state. At the centre of the crest is a ball and Allamanda flowers; as the flower is green and yellow in colour, which are suitable with the new Kedah FA colours and the team motto, Biar Jasa Jadi Kenangan is written in yellow.
The football team was founded in 1924 by Tunku Yaacob ibni Sultan Abdul Hamid Halim Shah as a president, though they only had limited success until the appointment of Ahmad Basri Akil as manager in 1985. Under Ahmad Basri Akil, Kedah FA qualified for six Malaysia Cup final matches in a seven-year period between 1987 and 1993; and won 2 Malaysia Cup titles, 1 league title and 1 FA Cup title.
The club experienced a lean period in the 1980s and 1990s, but enjoyed a revival in the new millennium by winning the treble in 2007 and 2008. After the glorious double treble achievement under the guidance of Azraai Khor, Kedah start to have a dip in their performance. This is mainly because of the loss of their influential import players; the likes of Nelson San Martín, Bernard Huggins and Marlon James, who had been The Canaries peripheral figures in their double treble glory due to new ruling by FAM.
Their local heroes such as Baddrol Bakhtiar, Khyril Muhymeen and Helmi Eliza Elias who had been a spine in the recent glory pledged to stay on and bring the glory days back. Kedah were relegated to the premier league after lost 3–2 at the playoff final to Pahang FA in penalty shootout. Marijo Tot was hired replacing Wan Jamak in attempt to steer The Canaries back into Super League.
The 2013 season also seeing the return of former Kedah FA talisman, Nelson Sam Martin. In 2014 Kedah FA signed Billy Mehmet and this was the most successful season the club had witnessed for 5 years. Kedah FA reached the Semi Final of the Malaysia Cup, winning the first leg 3–1, but losing the 2nd leg 5–1. Billy Mehmet ended the season as the club’s top goal scorer and the Malaysia Premier League’s Top goal scorer in all competitions. He was also the 2nd highest goal scorer in all competitions at all levels in Malaysian professional football.
Club Culture – Supporters
The song Biar Jasa Jadi Kenangan, once again idealised and written by Ahmad Basri Akil and famously recorded by a Malaysian musician Freddie Fernandez, is the anthem of the club, and has been sung by the crowd since 9 September 1987 after Kedah FA reached their first Malaysia Cup semi-final match since 1940. This famous song is sung by the fanatic fans of the Canaries to boost their beloved players’ morale. The well-known and popular chants among Kedah FA supporters is “Pulun Kedah Pulun”. It is use since late 80’s as “words of spirit” during and off the game, and as the slogan among supporters. It was inspired by the idea from Abdul Rashid Haji Fadzil, who was the Head of Kedah Fan Club (KEPAK) on that time. Most famous fans club at the moment are hijaukuningdotcom and UltrasKedah (UK09).