Irfan to take a break till next year


PETALING JAYA: It has been a month since Irfan Bakti (pic) left Terengganu and the coach is in no hurry to return.

Irfan quit the team after a string of poor results in the Super League.

The straw that broke the camel’s back was the 5-3 drubbing against league debutants Petaling Jaya City where they squandered a 3-0 lead at home on May 16.

“I was really disheartened by that defeat. To be honest with you, I’m a bad loser,” said the 69-year-old.

“We were leading comfortably and we let them win. I didn’t know how to react, it was shocking.

“After the final whistle, I pondered on my future. I took the blame for that defeat.

“No one from the management asked me to leave.

“I just felt my time was up. Losing is part and parcel of the game but to lose in that manner was hard to swallow.”

A few days after he left, Irfan fell sick.

“I had high fever and bouts of dizziness. The game has also taken its toll on me and I realised that I needed a good rest and spend more time with my family.

“Some teams have called me, but I told them that I would only think about my future next year.

“If there are offers available next season, I will look at it.

“Right now, I’m pursuing the AFC Professional Diploma course.”

Nafuzi Zain is now Terengganu’s interim coach and they are currently seventh with 24 points.

Irfan said the management did try to coax him to return but he felt that it was not the right move.

“I have to say that I miss the game and don’t worry, I’ll be back.”

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