KUALA TERENGGANU: Former national coach Abdul Rahman Ibrahim is going home to be Terengganu’s head coach next season.
The 67-year-old’s appointment was revealed Wednesday by newly-appointed Terengganu FA president Datuk Wan Ahmad Nizam Wan Abdul Hamid.
“We believe he has the ability to turn the Turtles into a formidable team in the Super League next year. And we hope to win at least one trophy,” said Wan Ahmad Nizam.
Abdul Rahman’s contract with his current club PKNS FC expires on Oct 30. He is expected to begin work in Terengganu on Nov 4.
This season, Abdul Rahman led PKNS to eighth spot in the league. In contrast, Terengganu, under E. Elavarasan, were placed ninth.
PKNS, however, proved to be a revelation in the Malaysia Cup. They finished top of Group B with 15 points from six matches before crashing out 5-3 on aggregate to Pahang in the quarter-finals.
Abdul Rahman first coached Terengganu in 1983 and he was there for only a year. He returned again to coach Terengganu in 1998, also for a year.
While he failed to win any title in his stints with Terengganu, Abdul Rahman was successful with Selangor, winning the FA Cup in 2001. His most successful spell was with Perlis, leading the northern side to win the 2005 Super League, 2006 Malaysia Cup and 2007 Charity Shield.
Abdul Rahman’s first assignment with Terengganu will be to pick the foreign players for the new season. Four Croatians will arrive here on Nov 15 to attend selection trials.