KOTA KINABALU – The FA of Sabah (SAFA) have sacked their team manager George O’Callaghan and Singaporean import player Fazrul Nawaz from their Premier League side.
O’Callaghan, 35, a former Ireland player, and Fazrul, whose contracts with SAFA are until Dec 31 this year, are reported to have gone AWOL (absent without official leave) and cannot be traced.
Following the development, SAFA chief executive officer Datuk Seri TC Goh has taken over O’Callaghan’s duties while SAFA are negotiating with the FA of Malaysia (FAM) in filling the vacant import player slot.
News of the “disappearance” of the duo was revealed to reporters by Goh a ceremony to introduce the new team lineup for the 2015 season and launching their new team jerseys here yesterday.
The ceremony was officiated by SAFA president Datuk Seri Musa Aman, who is also Sabah Chief Minister.
Goh said O’Callaghan and Fazrul could no longer be contacted leaving SAFA no choice but to sack them and lodge complaints with FAM and FIFA for further action.
“O’Callaghan failed to carry out his duties as a team manager and did not show a good example to the management. He has to be sacked because we cannot trace him even though his contract with us is until Dec 31 this year,” he said.
O’Callaghan, who signed the contract last year, was also the team’s head coach.
SAFA now have appointed Justin Ganai as the new head coach. The Premier League kicks off on Feb 6.
On the team line up, Goh said it was not final and that SAFA might make last minute changes.
The foreign players in the line up are former Liverpool striker El Hadji Diouf, former Libya striker Eamon Zayed and former Hull City defender, Abdoulaye Fay.
Sabah finished in seventh place in the Premier League last year and are aiming to get promoted to the Super League next season. – Bernama