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Tuesday October 22, 2013 MYT 5:28:00 PM
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by loganath velloo
Mohd Azraai Khor in a file photo. He says negotiations are ongoing for his early release from contract with the Perak FA.
GEORGE TOWN: Mohd Azraai Khor is confident of getting an early release from his contract with the Perak FA (Pafa).
The 61-year-old Azraai, who signed a two-year contract with the Seladang before the start of the 2013 season, announced he is quitting as the Perak head coach after meeting Pafa deputy president Khairul Azwan Harun on Sunday.
A day later, Pafa president Datuk Zainol Fadzi Paharuddin clarified that the former Kedah and Negri Sembilan coach cannot leave as he has not been issued a release letter.
Pafa also promoted Abu Bakar Fadzim, the Perak President’s Cup coach since 2011, as their new Super League chief coach for 2014.
The 42-year-old Abu Bakar, who donned Perak colours between 1993 and 2003, led the Perak Under-21 team to the President’s Cup title in 2012 and a runner-up finish this year.
This is the first time he will lead a senior team in the Super League.
Zainol said that even though Azraai will no longer be the chief coach, Pafa still want to utilise his expertise and experience in other areas.
Despite not getting his release, Azraai refuses to hold a grudge against Pafa and wants to leave on good terms.
“Negotiations are still going on between both parties. I am confident that we can resolve this issue soon and I will be allowed to leave by mutual consent,” said Azraai on Tuesday.
“I am not leaving because I have an offer from another team. I felt the time was right to take a break and I have yet to decide on my future plans.”
In his sole season in charge of the Seladang, Azraai led Perak to seventh spot in the Super League standings. Things got stormy in the Malaysia Cup when Perak lost three successive games in the group phase, including a 6-1 thrashing by Sarawak, to miss out on the quarter-finals.
Pafa suspended the entire squad, including the team officials, for two weeks to investigate for match-fixing. They also called in the police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to hold separate investigations.
Although the suspension was lifted after a Pafa internal investigation cleared the team of any wrongdoing, the MACC have yet to report their findings.
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