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Monday August 19, 2013 MYT 7:46:00 PM
Monday August 19, 2013 MYT 7:51:54 PM
by mohd farhaan shah
JOHOR BARU: Legendary Singaporean footballer Fandi Ahmad has resigned as manager of Johor Darul Takzim (JDT).
In a statement he described the decision to step down as painful but an important one for his future as a football coach.
Fandi also said that his family has played an important role in helping him make this decision.
“Life is all about being happy and coaching keeps me happy and I intend to pursue my happiness.
“As a player I had given my best and as a coach, I continue to give my best when the opportunity arrives,” he said.
Fandi also urged fans to accept and understand his decision and not to speculate or make assumptions. He stressed that both the Johor FA (JFA) or JDT have accepted his resignation.
“I would like to thank Johor FA president Tunku Mahkota of Johor Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim for his continued support especially during difficult times, as well as fans for their support.
“My only regret is not helping JDT win any trophies last season despite trying hard to do so. However, I believe under the leadership of Tunku Ismail it will be only a matter of time before JDT become a force in the Malaysian football scene,” he said.
Meanwhile the Johor FA thanked Fandi for his services to the team and wish him all the best in his future undertakings.
The statement said that Fandi’s contribution towards Johor football will always be remembered and appreciated by fans and the association.
Under Fandi’s management, JDT finished third in the Malaysian Super League and qualified to the finals of the FA Cup before losing to Kelantan.
On July 19, the JFA had announced that former Atletico Madrid and Valencia coach Cesar Ferrando Jimenez would replace Fandi as chief coach. They are set to officially introduce him Wednesday.
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