Alarm bells ringing at Selangor after fourth straight loss

Football Association of Selangor (FAS) president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali ordered a revamp of Selangor after they suffered a fourth consecutive defeat in all competitions, this time to Kedah in the Malaysia Super League (MSL). 

Selangor are set to hit the panic button after Zainal Abidin Hassan’s charges were defeated 1-0 by Kedah in Alor Setar, the Red Giants’ third consecutive MSL defeat and fourth in all competitions.

Azmin has ordered team manager Amirudin Shari and Noor Hisham Ghouth to “take full responsibility and initiate a revamp” following the losses.

Selangor, who lost to Felda and T-Team in league over the past fortnight, were also stunned by struggling Pahang in the Malaysia Cup last month.

“After evaluating the performance of the coach, players and FAS management – including hearing feedback from all, stern actions need to be taken immediately,” read a statement by Azmin Ali on his social media accounts.

Prior to the match against Kedah, Zainal vehemently denied a report stating he had offered his resignation but was told to stay by the FAS management.

On Wednesday, Amirudin announced he was leaving his post to Hisham as he wanted to prepare for a pilgrimage.

FourFourTwo understands things are not rosy within the Selangor camp and there are efforts to remove several long-serving FAS officials.

Selangor fans have also demanded the resignation of FAS general-secretary Rosman Ibrahim and treasurer Datuk S. Sivasundram.

Among other grouses include Selangor’s failure to keep hold of their star players and the decision to part ways with 2015 Malaysia Cup winning coach Mehmet Durakovic.

In Zainal’s defence, Selangor were also third in the league at this stage of season and collected four points after three Malaysia Cup group matches. Selangor, were, however, challenging for the MSL title.

Selangor are currently 17 points behind leader Johor Darul Ta’zim, 13 points away from title-chasers Felda United and in danger of losing third place as Kedah are only one point behind, having narrowed the gap from seven points in the past one week.