Ismail Idris Sultan Ibrahim is disappointed with the fans for “jumping
to conclusions without knowing the actual true facts”.- filepic
PETALING JAYA: Johor Football Association (JFA) president Tunku Ismail
Idris Sultan Ibrahim has slammed the boycott threat issued by the fans
from the state.
The fans of Super League side Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) are unhappy with
the management’s decision to replace head coach Cesar Jiminez and drop
fan favourites – Singaporean Baihakki Khaizan and Argentine Pablo Aimar –
from the team.
The Southern Tigers have secured Brazilian defender Marcos Antonio Elias
Santos in the second transfer window to replace Baihakki. There is also
speculation that Argentinian Diego Mario Buonanotte may be signed from
La Liga side Granada to replace Aimar.
Tunku Ismail said on Sunday he was disappointed with the fans for
“jumping to conclusions without knowing the actual true facts”.
“I would gladly make way for anyone that you believe is capable of
serving as the Johor FA president,” said Tunku Ismail in a release
posted on the Johor Southern Tigers’ official Facebook page on Sunday.
He added that the constant change in foreign players was due to the requests made by the coach.
“It’s the management’s duty to support the coach’s request in order for the team to achieve their target.
“Jiminez is a fantastic coach, but there was a language barrier. The
decision to change Baihakki and Aimar was made by Jiminez and I when he
was still head coach,” said Tunku Ismail.
“The appointment of Bojan Hodak as coach is based entirely on merit. He
is a highly decorated coach and has vast experience in Malaysian
JDT are now third in the Super League standings with 25 points after 14
matches, trailing leaders Pahang by three points after the coaching
“We must appreciate and should be thankful with the team we have now. We
have enjoyed three consecutive wins and still have a chance to fight
for the title,” said Tunku Ismail.