By K. RAJAN
PETALING JAYA: Negri Sembilan coach Mohd Azraai Khor Abdullah has decided to leave the team after two seasons.
Azraai, who joined Negri Sembilan FA (NSFA) in 2011, has decided not to sign an extension to his contract which ends next month.
The 59-year-old coach from Alor Setar said he wants to leave to look for new challenges next season.
“I came to this decision after thinking it over for a long time. My departure is not because of problems with NSFA. I just want to look for new challenges,” said Azraai.
“I’m a free agent now and I felt that I need to let NSFA know my decision so they’ll have ample time to look for a new coach.”
Azraai was roped in as Negri’s coach in March 2011 replacing Wan Jamak Wan Hassan and had a dream debut as he guided them to their third Malaysia Cup title.
However, his second season with Negri only yielded the Charity Shield as their injury ravaged squad were sent packing in the first round of the FA Cup and finished sixth in the 14-team Super League.
The defending champions also were knocked out 6-3 on aggregate by Armed Forces in the quarter-finals stage of the Malaysia Cup this season.
The former international, who was involved in improving Negri’s football development programme and local state level competitions, thanked NSFA for their full support during his tenure with them.
“I need to thank NSFA President Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan and the management for their cooperation and support,” said Azraai.
“I also felt bad for failing to retain the Malaysia Cup title this season. I wish Negri a successful future.”
Azraai added that he had received offers from three M-League sides for next season but had yet to make a decision.
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