Irfan Bakti resigns as Selangor Head Coach

The Red Giants will have to rescue themselves from the bottom of Group A of the Malaysia Cup without Irfan Bakti's leadership
Selangor's Malaysia Cup campaign has gone from bad to worse after their Head Coach, Irfan Bakti Abu Salim tendered his resignation earlier this evening. He made the decision after the Red Giants failed to win a single match in the first round of the group stage, notching only one point from three matches.

On Tuesday night they were beaten by unfancied Sime Darby FC 3-0 at Selayang, with around 500 fans mobbing the team bus to confront the team immediately after the match.

Rumour has it that the poor performance is due to factions being formed among Selangor players over disputes arising from the Red Giants' plans for next season, which has seemingly caused some to lose concentration on their current task.

Ever since his appointment at the start of the 2012 season, Irfan has not won silverware with Selangor, although he has led them to back-to-back AFC Cup qualification; for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

The Assistant Coach P. Maniam is expected to replace him as the caretaker coach. He now has the unenvied task of rescuing Selangor from an early exit, a similar task he had in 2011 when then Selangor coach, K. Devan, quit midway through that year's competition. Maniam successfully led Selangor into the knockout stages after assuming responsibilities.

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