KUALA LUMPUR: This has certainly been his worst season.
Never had Razip Ismail imagined he would handling a team that can only garner one point in 12 games in a season.
KL are are bottom of the Super League standings and this has hurt Razip’s reputation as a coach.
Forgotten is the fact that it was Razip who engineered their promotion from the Premier League to the Super League in 2010. Despite finishing 12th out of 14 teams last year, KL were quarterfinalists in the FA Cup — their best achievement since playing in the semifinals in 2005.
KL wanted to pull out of the Super League this year but decided to stay put despite serious financial woes.
“I will not quit the team!” exclaimed Razip.
“Winners don’t quit and although my reputation is at stake, I will continue to guide the team so long as the management wants me to. I don’t know if the management is thinking of replacing me but as far as I am concerned, I will not ditch KL.”
Razip explained he had to work with new players every season and this contributed to KL’s bad patch.
“Every year I get new players and we lack the financial means to hire good players. It’s not easy. Maybe the players are inexperienced when playing against bigger teams or maybe we’re just not good enough compared with our opponents.
“We’re improving but improving without good results is of no use. We need three points. It’s as simple as that.
KL will host Felda United at the Hang Jebat Stadium in Malacca tonight.
“It’s bad for me personally. No coach should be in this situation but I’m hoping we’ll secure our first win soon,” he added.