Zesh parts ways with Pahang but vows to be back

Zesh Rehman ends Kuantan stay after mutually terminating his contract with Pahang on Tuesday, but is eager for a return in the future. 

Former Pakistan skipper Zesh Rehman mutually terminated his contract with Malaysia Super League (MSL) side Pahang, ending a two-and-a-half-year stay in Kuantan.

The 32-year-old, once the first British Asian to play in the English Premier League, made the announcement on his social media accounts on Tuesday and expressed his eagerness to someday return to Kuantan, where he married a local and welcomed a son.

“I have reached an amicable agreement with Pahang FC to mutually terminate my contract for reasons which will remain confidential. It was an honour to play in Malaysia for Pahang FC and experience being club captain,” read Zesh’s statement.

“I would love a future return in a coaching role, something which was offered to me at the start of this season but was not the right moment for me.

“I will be back to visit my son’s birth place. Pahang have the best fans in Malaysia and are by far the best I have played for. I’m leaving here on excellent terms with the hierarchy, fantastic memories and many formed friendships,”

Zesh was part of Pahang’s Malaysia Cup and FA Cup winning squads in 2014 but were among those expected to be culled in the on-going mid-season transfer window after Pahang’s disastrous 2016 MSL campaign thus far.

Argentine German Pacheco has also officially left the club following his move to Bolivia but Pahang have yet to announce his replacement. Slovenian Dalibor Volas is also expected to leave.

The Elephants have already replaced centre-back Nejc Potokar with Brazilian Jailton dos Santos.

It remains unclear if Zesh will play at another club or jump into coaching following the completion of his UEFA ‘A’ coaching badge in Northern Ireland earlier this month.

Zesh had spells with Fulham, Queens Park Rangers and Bradford City during his prime before signing for Thai side Muangthong United in 2011.

He then played two seasons for Kitchee in Hong Kong before joining the Elephants.