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Terengganu football coach leaves by mutual consent


Former Terengganu football coach Abdul Rahman Ibrahim (left) with new singing Paulo Rangel of Brazil at the start of the Super League season in January. - Filepic

Former Terengganu football coach Abdul Rahman Ibrahim (left) with new singing Paulo Rangel of Brazil at the start of the Super League season in January. - Filepic

PETALING JAYA: Terengganu have let go their head coach Abdul Rahman Ibrahim.

“Abdul Rahman has applied for leave and we have accepted his request,” said the Terengganu Football Association (TFA) in a statement on their website on Monday.

The TFA also announced that Ahmad Yusof, Abdul Rahman’s assistant, will take over the team for the Super League match against Sarawak on Saturday.

The 69-year-old coach’s tenure grew untenable after the Turtles failed to record a win in the league since April. They lost all their six matches to be placed eighth in the 12-team league with 14 points. 

The Turtles were also knocked out of the FA Cup semi-finals on away goals rule after being held 4-4 by eventual champions Lions XII on May 16.

Former national coach Abdul Rahman signed up with Terengganu in 2014 from PKNS. It was his third stint with his home state.

He 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 - guiding the Red Giants to the FA Cup title 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 is the fifth coach to lose his job in the league this season. Earlier, George Boateng of Kelantan, B. Sathianathan of Armed Forces, Bojan Hodak of Johor Darul Ta’zim and Kuantan FA’s Aminuddin Hussein were told to take a “rest” by their employers.

   

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