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Justin is no longer Sabah coach


SABAH coach Justin Ganai had been relieved of his duties since Monday, following last weekend's 9-0 thumping by Singapore's LionsXII in a Super League match.

"Assistant coach Andrew Majanggim will now take charge of the team until we appoint a new coach. Justin will serve in a different capacity which we will make known soon," said SFA secretary Ali Jus Sipil when contacted in Kota Kinabalu yesterday.

"We need to rest him for 14 days to comply with the league rules and after that, we will give him a new role. We thank Justin for his services."

Ali, however, declined to state the reason for Justin's dismissal. It is learnt, however, SFA is investigating last weekend's result.

Justin is the fourth Super League coach to be replaced since the start of the season following Peter Butler (Kelantan), K. Devan (Johor FC) and Mat Zan Mat Aris (Terengganu).

Justin said it has been a fantastic experience coaching Sabah even if it was for less than a year.

"I would like to thank the players, fans and my staff for their support. I do not want to dwell on the reason for my dismissal," said Justin.

On the reason behind Sabah's embarrassing defeat to the Lions, he said the team did not follow instructions.

"We just couldn't adapt to the artificial pitch at Jalan Besar Stadium. We were also unlucky because Singapore probably played their best match of the season," Justin added.

Sabah are 18th in the standings with 19 points and if they do not improve, could be involved in a relegation play-off with three other teams after the completion of the league. By Ajitpal Singh

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