Zainal hopes FAS will release him as soon as possible


  • Football
  • Thursday, 05 Jan 2017

For it aptly sums up his plight with Selangor.

The Red Giants sacked him as coach five months ago. But the 55-year-old former international is still awaiting an official notice of termination from the Football Association of Selangor (FAS).

“I’ve just come back from my two-month attachment with Cardiff City recently (Oct-Dec). I have not received my salary since November. I do not wish to defend my position as head coach. I just want to move on. But the problem is that I’m still tied to FAS until end of this year.

“All I’m asking for is an early settlement and for my release as soon as possible,” said Zainal at his home in Shah Alam yesterday.

Zainal also hopes to resolve the matter “internally” with the FAS as soon as possible.

“This is an internal family matter. Let’s not delve on who is right or wrong, but look into an amicable solution for the best interest of all concerned. I’ve been involved in the football industry for a long time ... this is a simple matter and we don’t have to blow it up.

“It’s just that my name has been linked in this ongoing issue with FAS and I have to defend myself,” said Zainal, who has a contract until the end of 2017.

Zainal was sacked after a 1-0 loss to Kedah in a Super League match in Alor Setar on Aug 6 last year. It was Selangor’s third straight defeat in the league.

Zainal claimed that he was informed by a team official that he has been “relieved of his duties with immediate effect”. Surprisingly, he has not been served with any official notice of his termination.

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