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"Our problem is to stabilise the team after several of our players were pinched by other teams. If we fare poorly this season, we will not get any sponsorship," he said.
He did not name them.
On the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup, Annuar said Kelantan targeted to reach the quarter-finals this season.
"The AFC Cup is quite challenging this season and I'm having discussions on how to strengthen the team," he told reporters after the launch of the Kelantan Fiesta 2014 and introduction the AFC jerseys to be adorned by Kelantan by Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz here today.
Kelantan coach Steve Darby said he would deploy a rotation strategy by capitalising on all players, including reserves this season.
"It's quite difficult for the team to march further (in the AFC Cup). I'm not giving any excuses but if we look at the schedule, my boys have to face 14 matches in a couple of weeks and (followed by) a long journey after that.
"We'd lost a lot of players and it's hard to replace them because we don't have enough budget but I've faith with my players to play their best," he said.
Meanwhile, Kelantan goalkeeper Khairul Fahmi Che Mat said he hoped Kelantan would perform better that last year in the AFC Cup when they reached the second round.
On the Group G opening encounter with Yangon United of Myanmar on Wednesday, he said, "If we can get three points, it's a bonus and if merely get one point, it's considered quite good."
After Yangon United, Kelantan will face two more teams in Group G, namely South China of Hong Kong and XM Vissai Ninh Binh of Vietnam.
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