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The head coach for Perak's President's Cup side, Abu Bakar Fadzim, will take over the helm of the state's senior team in 2014.

Abu Bakar Fadzim, 43, has been named as the new head coach for Perak after Azraai Khor resigned from his position two days ago.

The Perak Football Association (PAFA) made the news public on Monday via its President Datuk Zainol Fadzi Paharuddin who feels that it was the right time to name a former player to take over the helm at Ipoh.

He told Bernama: “Immediately upon his appointment, I have asked [Abu Bakar] to identify players to represent the state, including foreign players.”

Forty-three-year-old Abu had an amazing 12-year tenure with the Seladangs as a player since 1991 and he has experience in leading Perak’s President’s Cup team to second place, and Zainol is confident of his bold decision.

“Though the appointment came as a surprise, I feel that this is the best opportunity for me to feel the real challenge in football as a coach,” Abu said after he was announced as the new Perak head coach.

With regards to Azraai’s premature departure from the team, Zainol added that Abu’s arrival is in no way a resolution for the issue between PAFA and the former coach as his contract is only due to end in October 2014.

“Azraai has had a discussion with PAFA deputy President Khairul Azwan Harun about him wanting to leave the team but we haven't reached a final decision on his terms of contract,” Zainol concluded.

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