IPOH: Abu Bakar Fadzim (pic) is the second veteran defender after Chan Kok Heng to quit the Perak football team.
The 33-year-old Abu Bakar, who was more often on the bench for the last two seasons, said yesterday that age has caught up with him and it was better for him to bow out honourably.
The father of two daughters, aged seven and two, added that he had informed team manager Datuk Jamal Nasir Rasdi, who is also the Perak FA deputy president, about his decision to quit.
“I am leaving the team in good faith. I shook hands with him and thanked him for all his support.
“I am also grateful to the fans and the Perak FA for their support as well,” said Bakar, who first donned Perak colours in 1989.
He added that his only regret in his 12-year stint with the team was not having a FA Cup winners' medal.
“Perak were the inaugural FA Cup champions in 1990 but I was not picked for the final against Selangor,” lamented Bakar.
But Bakar has in his collection, winners' medals in the Malaysia Cup (1998 and 2000), Premier I (2002 and this year), and Charity Shield (1999).
Two weeks ago, 35-year-old rightback Kok Heng quit the team after a record 16-year playing career.