The Malaysian Football League (MFL) have approved Pahang's application to register naturalised player Mohamadou Sumareh as a local player in Malaysian club football with immediate effect.

MFL chief executive officer Kevin Ramalingam said the MFL board of directors accepted the appeal of the Pahang team to register the Gambian-born player as a local player in the first transfer window for the 2019 season.

He said the decision was made by the MFL board of directors after a careful discussion, other than taking into account the contribution of the 24-year-old player who succeeded in helping the national squad reach the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup final recently.

"After the appropriate consideration other than his deeds when representing Malaysia and taking the team to the final, the MFL board of directors decided to approve the second application of Pahang to register Sumareh," he said in a MFL statement on Monday.

According to him, the decision was a fair one for Pahang and Sumareh, regarding it as a positive step towards the improvements of the quality of the local league.