Malaysia’s Amirizdwan Taj hangs up boots

KUALA LUMPUR (BERNAMA) – After almost 16 years of action, former national football player Amirizdwan Taj Tajuddin has taken the decision to hang up his boots.

The 34-year-old lanky ex-defender said the decision to retire was influenced by the offer to him to be assistant coach at Akademi Mokhtar Dahari (AMD), in Kuantan, Pahang on a two-year contract.

“Actually, according to my original plans, I wanted to play for another year but I see the trend is that local teams are paying less attention to the seniors and focussing more on young players,” he told Bernama yesterday. “I also have long wanted to be a coach, and AMD made the offer at the end of last year, and Alhamdulillah, I received the offer letter a few days ago,” he said.

Amirizdwan, who has an Asian Football Confederation (AFC) ‘B’ coaching licence, said he is not setting himself a very high target as assistant coach but aims to learn as much as possible.

He will be reporting for duty on January 15.

Amirizdwan took up football actively in 2004 while studying at Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) before representing UiTM FC in the FAM Cup for four seasons from 2008.

In 2012, he joined the Malaysian Armed Forces team (ATM) and helped them lift the Premier League title the same year, and the Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Cup in 2013.

Amiridzwan then went back to his home state Kelantan and helped them to a runners-up finish in the 2015 FA Cup, before seeing Kelantan United become League M3 champions in 2019.

He made 17 appearances for the national squad from 2011-2015 and scored two goals.