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MSL relegation-threatened Kelantan coach Azraai Khor resigns

Azraai Khor, third from left and next to the Malaysia FA Cup trophy, is the second coach to part ways with Kelantan in three months. Photo credit: FAS

With his team sitting just above the relegation zone, Kelantan coach Azraai Khor has announced his resignation ahead of Wednesday's Malaysia Super League (MSL) trip to PDRM.

The 63-year-old tactician was in charge for just three months and oversaw a solitary MSL victory in seven games in charge. But he did steer the Kota Bharu-based side to the final of May's Malaysia FA Cup.

Azraai is the fifth MSL coach to lose his job this season following Abdul Rahman Ibrahim (Terengganu), Bojan Hodak (Johor Darul Ta'zim), B. Sathianathan (ATM FA) and his predecessor at Kelantan George Boateng.

The Red Warriors have struggled for consistency since Azraai took over from Boateng on May 24, despite changing two of the team's import players in the April transfer window.

They hit rock bottom in Saturday's 3-0 defeat to LionsXII at Singapore's Jalan Besar Stadium which left them 10th in the 12-team league and just one point off the relegation zone.

The East Coast giants only have three league victories this season in 12 matches -- Azraai was in charge of just one success: a 2-1 home win against Selangor on April 25. They were favourites to win the Malaysia FA Cup final on May 23 but were humbled 3-1 by Singapore's LionsXII at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.

Azraai is best remembered for coaching Kedah to back-to-back MSL and Malaysia FA Cup double triumphs in 2006-07 and 2007-08. He won the Malaysia Cup as well in 2006-07 to make it a memorable treble for Kedah.

He is the third coach who has parted ways with Kelantan since Bojan Hodak's stint ended at the end of 2013. Steve Darby succeeded Hodak until April last year when Boateng took over.


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