KUALA TERENGGANU: It has been confirmed that T-Team’s coach, Rahmad Darmawan has resigned after the team’s transformation to Terengganu FC II (TFCII) where the team will feature in the Premier League next season.
Also following the 50-year-old coach in calling it quits are three of his fellow Indonesians, assistant coach Satia Bagdja Ijatna, fitness coach Rasiman and goalkeeping coach Kurnia Sandy.
The decision to resign was made after a meeting with the FA of Terengganu (PBSNT) vice president 1, Datuk Wan Nawawi Wan Ismail, last night (Tuesday).
Rahmad said that PBSNT had offered a contract to coach TFCII, though he rejected it because he felt he just was not ready to train a team that will function as a ‘feeder club’.
The former Indonesian national team coach said he prefers a challenge for real competition and it is not the time yet for him to accept an offer as a coach of a ‘feeder club’.
"I would like to express my sincere gratitude to PBSNT because they still showed faith in me to lead TFCII and to be honest, I am sad to leave the team, the state and the supporters.
"However, after thinking long and hard, I have taken the professional approach by resigning after two years of being in charge of T-Team,” he said when met at T-Team’s headquarters, today.
Yesterday, Terengganu Menteri Besar , Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abd Rahman ended speculation surrounding football in the state when he stood by the decision of rebranding the Terengganu and T-Team squads for next season.
The state government announced five new teams under the FA of Terengganu, which are Terengganu FC I (TFCI) who will play in the Super League, TFC II (Premier League), TFC III (President’s Cup), TFC IV (Youth Cup) dan TFC V (Under- 17).
When asked about their plans for the future, Rahmad said he will return to Indonesia as he has received three offers from clubs plying their trade in the Indonesian League.
"I will go back home to hold discussions with the teams and I will make a decision on my future before going to perform my Umrah next week,” he said.