Irfan in attack mode


PETALING JAYA: Irfan Bakti is known for his touchline antics and has never been one to hide his emotions.

And Kuching football fans can expect to see their new 69-year-old coach, who is like an Energizer Bunny, pointing, waving and directing his players while pacing up and down the touchline.

The former Penang, Felda United and Terengganu coach admitted that it is hard for him to stay calm as he is very passionate about the game.

Not only is he passionate, Irfan is also game for new challenges and that is why he opted to handle the Premier League side.

He revealed he had other offers but decided to head to Borneo because of the commitment shown by the management.

“Their owner (Fazzrudin Abdul Rahman Kamaludin Akil) called me to attend one of their games. If memory serves me right, they played Sarawak United in Kuching. That itself was enough for me to realise that they really wanted my services, ” he said.

“And the fact that they banked on me to help steer the club’s future was something that I could not say no to.

“I know most of the local players especially Joseph (Kallang Tie) and they are a bunch of fighters. All we need to do is add a few more experienced players.”

Irfan added that due to the club’s modest budget, there will be no big-name signings and they will only get players that would suit his style.

“I will maintain my style, and that is to attack and take risks. I’m going to make sure we win games and get promoted.”

Kuching have retained their foreigners Bryan Jones, Yuki Tanigawa and Hudson Dias for the new season while Yuta Suzuki is linked with Kelantan United.

Last season, Kuching finished fourth and Irfan hopes they will end in the top two next season to win promotion.

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