PETALING JAYA, 22 Oct – Singaporean coach, Aidil Sharin Sahak has verbally accepted a new two year contract with Kedah which is expected to be signed soon after his existing contract expires at the end of this year.
Without doubt, the passport for a new contract came via Kedah’s place in the AFC Cup next season after he guided the Red Eagles as runners up in the Super League which was won by Johor Darul Takzim (JDT) for an unprecedented seventh year running.
Kedah beat Perak 3-2 in their last league match which was played at the Perak Stadium in Ipoh – a win which they needed although a draw would have been enough for Aidil and company.
Knowing that continuity is needed to carry Kedah in their challenge in the AFC Cup and also in the new M-League season, the Kedah management has verbally agreed to further improve the team – with about 90 percent of the players expected to be retained.
However, this will be decided when next month during the Malaysia Cup campaign but for sure Kedah players, both local and foreign, will be in demand for the new season after the Red Eagles came through a turbulent five months when the team was not paid the salaries.
It was ”smooth sailing” for the Red Eagles since the change of management with new supremo Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor (who is also the Menteri Besar), settling a close to RM15 million in debts.
Despite the off the field issues, Kedah players were lauded for showing their professionalism on the field and did not let the team down.
Aidil has repeatedly said he loves the players and the Kedah fans which has a strong base although he was linked to Perak and later Selangor.
There were reportedly also several other offers from teams in the country and also overseas.

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