GEORGE TOWN, Oct 9 — Penang Football Association president Zairil Khir Johari has resigned from the post today, barely a year after his appointment.
The Bukit Bendera MP posted a statement on his Facebook page announcing his resignation today.
“I take full responsibility for the team’s failure in this year’s Super League season and I hereby tender my resignation as president of the association effective immediately,” he posted.
He said he had tried his best in the short time he had led the management of the team.
He said they had brought in a foreign coach with a good track record but it didn’t work out so in March, they switched to local football legend Zainal Abidin Hassan. But this too failed to bring up the team’s results.
He added that his management had formed the Under-16 and Under-14 teams who had performed really well to grab the first runner-up placing for the Gothia Cup in China recently.
Zairil wished the Penang team, Panthers, well and hoped they would rise up and perform well after this.
The Penang DAP leader was appointed as the Penang Football Association president after former president Datuk Nazir Ariff relinquished the post in January this year.
Penang football fans had protested against Zairil’s appointments a few times earlier this year especially when the Panthers chalked up a few losses.
In the Malaysian Super League season, which started on January 20, the Penang team only won three matches, lost 15 matches and had three draws.
They have lost all matches since their last win on April 15 against Felda United.
The Penang Panthers will face Selangor in a home match at the end of this month.