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Terengganu FC
Terengganu FC logo.png
Full name Terengganu Football Club
Nickname(s) The Turtles
Short name TFC
Founded 22 November 1956; 62 years ago (22 November 1956)
Ground Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Stadium, Kuala Terengganu
Capacity 10,000
Owner Persatuan Bola Sepak Negeri Terengganu (PBSNT)
President Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar
Manager Irfan Bakti Abu Salim
League Malaysia Super League
2018 Malaysia Super League, 5th
Website Club website
Current season

Terengganu Football Club is a professional football club based in Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia, that competes in Malaysia Super League, the first division of the Malaysian League. Nicknamed The Turtles, the club was founded as Terengganu Amateur Football Association on 22 November 1956, changed its name to Terengganu Football Association in 1972 and Terengganu Football Club in 2018.

The team had won major trophies in Malaysian football. Domestically they had won 3 runners-up Malaysia Super League titles, 1 Malaysia Cup, 2 Malaysia FA Cup, 1 Malaysia Charity Shield, 2 Malaysia Premier League titles and 1 FAM League title.

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This club did not have much success in the 1970s with only a single appearance in the Malaysia Cup final, losing to Selangor 2–1 in a match played at the Merdeka Stadium. It was the same in the 1980s with another final appearance in 1982, ironically also against Selangor. It was the same outcome with Selangor winning 1–0 after extra-time.[citation needed]

When the Semi-Professional League was introduced in 1989, Terengganu F.C. were in the second division based on their final position in the previous season.[citation needed]

They recruited giant Dutch defender, Marlon Ricardo van der Sander and Singaporean duo, Ahmad Paijan and Norhalis Shafik to boost their squad and finished the season in a credible fourth place but ultimately failed to win promotion.[citation needed]

In the 1990 season, they went all the way to emerge as the second division champion under the guidance of head coach, Abdullah Mohamad with German striker, Frank Pastor finding the back of the net on regular basis aided by midfield duo Martin Buisse and Ahmad Paijan. They lost only once in the league all season to finish three points clear of East Coast rival, Kelantan F.A..[citation needed]

In the 1992 season, Terengganu F.C. recorded their highest ever finish in the league when they finished as runner-up to Pahang F.A.. The Elephants broke The Turtles hearts again in the semi finals of the Malaysia Cup competition after the both sides failed to score in 180 minutes of play, the match went into sudden-death extra-time. Zulhamizan Zakaria found the net for Pahang F.A. and Terengganu F.C. found themselves as the first team to lose to a Golden Goal in Malaysian football history.[citation needed]

For the next few seasons, Terengganu F.C. struggled and their lowest moment came in the 1997 season when they finished bottom of the table, resulting in them being in the second division when the Malaysian League changed into a two-tier competition again in 1998.[citation needed]

In that season, with Abdul Rahman Ibrahim at the helm, Terengganu F.C. emerged as second division champion and went all the way to the final of the Malaysia Cup, the first one held at the newly opened Bukit Jalil National Stadium. Perak were the opponents and both teams entertained the 100,000 capacity crowd with exciting football. However both teams could not be separated after 120 minutes of play with the result stood at 1–1.[citation needed] The lottery of the penalty shootout was used to determine the winner and in the end it was third time unlucky for Terengganu F.C. in a Malaysia Cup final, losing the shootouts 5–3.[citation needed]

In 1999, Che Mat Jusoh, who was the Terengganu F.C. President at that time, was appointed to lead the team. Che Mat Jusoh successfully guiding the team Terengganu champion in 2000 and 2011 season and runner-up in 2004 season of the FA Cup. The team won first title in the Malaysia Cup in 2001 season and runner-up in 2011 season. Terengganu won the Malaysia Charity Shield in 2001 season. The team succeed to improve position in 2005/2006 Premier League season. The team ended in runner-up place during the season. In 2010 season, Terengganu ended at third place in Super League and runners-up in 2011 season.[1]

At the end of the 2013 season, Che Mat Jusoh eventually withdrew from the presidency Terengganu F.C. after he failed to bring silverwares to the team as required by Terengganu fans.[2] As Datuk Wan Ahmad Nizam take over Terengganu in 2013, he want to change Terengganu F.C. in the upcoming seasons to be a title contender in Malaysian League.[3]

2011 season

In 2011 season, Terengganu had won Malaysia FA Cup, runner-up Malaysia Cup and Malaysia Super League by the guidance of Irfan Bakti Abu Salim.

Terengganu won the title of Malaysia FA Cup for the second time. Therefore, they qualified to compete in 2012 AFC Cup. Nordin Alias became the hero for the team. He scored the winning goal in extra time.[4]

During the Malaysia Cup, Terengganu lost to Negeri Sembilan F.A. during the final match that was held at Shah Alam Stadium. In the quarter-final, Terengganu overcame their rival, Kelantan F.A.. In the semi final, Selangor F.A. also become prey to The Turtles when beaten 2–0 at home by two goals by Abdul Manaf Mamat. While in the second leg, Terengganu won 2–1 (Agg Terengganu 4–1 Selangor).

In the final, Terengganu opened the scoring with Ashari Samsudin in the 59th minute. In the 81st minute, N. Sembilan equalised through S. Kunalan. But, Hairuddin Omar disappointed Terengganu with his bicycle kick in the 86th minute. Terengganu lost to Negeri Sembilan 1–2.

At the end of the season, the coach of Terengganu, Irfan Bakti announced that he will move to another team for the next season.[5]


Terengganu F.C. currently use the Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium, Kuala Nerus, Terengganu, Malaysia as their home venue.

Previously, Terengganu F.C. used the compact Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Stadium as their home venue since the stadium was completed in the late 1960s. In July 2008, they moved to the Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium and would share the venue with Terengganu F.C. II.

The stadium was built when Terengganu was awarded the right to host the Sukma Games 2008 and was completed in April that year. Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin himself, who was then the 13th Yang DiPertuan Agong officiated the stadium on 10 May 2008.

Terengganu F.C. began using the stadium as their home venue in July 2008 with Melaka having the honour of being the first opponent of The Turtles for the match played on 15 July.

However, the roof structure of the stadium collapsed on 2 June 2009 forcing Terengganu F.C. to move back to the Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Stadium, which at the time was in process of being torn down. The upper sections which expanded the original capacity of the stadium to 20,000 spectators had been taken down and the pitch was in a bad state due to the heavy vehicles being driven on it.

Due to the urgent state of affairs at that time, the stadium was quickly fixed and was restored to meet the minimum requirement of the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) and Terengganu F.C. were spared from playing the home matches somewhere else but with a reduced capacity of just 15,000.

Further upgrades were installed at the stadium in 2012 when Terengganu F.C. qualified for the AFC Cup tournament after winning the FA Cup the previous season.

In May 2015 the Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium was given the green light by FAM to hold competitive matches again after their competition committee members were satisfied with the repairs and upgrades carried out at the stadium.

Terengganu F.C. returned to the Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium but Terengganu F.C. II decided to stay at the Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Stadium.

However, the first match played there after the re-opening ended with crowd trouble after Terengganu fans rioted after Terengganu F.C. were knocked out of the FA Cup by the Lions XII due to their dissatisfaction with match officials decisions. Terengganu F.C. were fined by FAM and were ordered to play two matches without any spectator.

The original capacity of the stadium was 51,000 but due to safety reasons the upper tier of the main stand is closed thus reducing the capacity of the stadium to just 35,000 spectators at any one time.

For the 2018 season, Terengganu F.C. currently use the Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Stadium, Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia as their home venue as the Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium is being renovated once again.[6]

Ownership and finances


Season Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
1990–1994 Puma Dunhill/
EON Bank
1994/1995 Adidas
1995/1996 Dunhill No Sponsor
1996–1999 Line 7
2000–2004 Mizuno Telekom Malaysia
2005–2010 Pronic
2011 Specs
2012 Top-IT
2013 Desa Murni Batik
2014 Umbro
2015 Ladang Rakyat
2016 Kobert
Terengganu Inc.
2017 Chicken Cottage


First-team squad

As of 25 January 2017

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Malaysia GK Shafawi Mohamad
2 Malaysia DF Wan Amirzafran
3 Malaysia DF Muhammad Mohd Faudzi
4 Malaysia DF Kamal Azizi
7 Malaysia MF Lee Tuck
8 Cambodia MF Thierry Bin
10 Malaysia FW Malik Ariff
11 Malaysia MF Syamim Yahya
12 Malaysia MF Shahrul Aizad
13 Malaysia MF Khairu Azrin Khazali
16 Malaysia FW Khairul Izuan Rosli
17 Malaysia DF Nasrullah Haniff
No. Position Player
18 Malaysia DF Azalinullah Alias
19 Malaysia MF Khairul Anwar Shahrudin
20 Malaysia MF Sharin Sapien
21 Malaysia MF Haidhir Suhaini
22 Malaysia DF Adib Aizuddin
23 Ivory Coast FW Kipré Tchétché (captain)
24 Serbia DF Igor Zonjić
25 Malaysia GK Ilham Amirullah Razali
26 Malaysia DF Hasni Zaidi
27 Malaysia GK Wan Azraie
29 Malaysia GK Suffian Rahman
30 Malaysia FW Ashari Samsudin

Reserve squad

Terengganu F.C. II

Terengganu F.C. II competes in Malaysia Premier League.

Development squad

Terengganu F.C. III (U-21)

Terengganu F.C. III competes in Malaysia President Cup.

Terengganu F.C. IV (U-19)

Terengganu F.C. IV competes in Malaysia Youth Cup.

Terengganu F.C. V (U-17)

Terengganu F.C. V competes in Malaysia KPM League.

Management team

Club personnel

Position Name
Manager Irfan Bakti Abu Salim
Assistant Manager Mohamad Nik
Coach Kamaruddin Annuar
Coach Mohd Nafuzi Mohd Zain
Fitness Coach Muhammad Afeeq Aqmal Noorazmi
Goalkeeping coach Mohd Yazid Mohd Yassin
Head Physiotherapist Zulkifli Mohd Zin
Team Doctor Dr. Lee Leong Tiong
U21 Manager Mohd Sabri Abas
U21 Asst. Manager Mohd Rashidi Hamat
U21 Head Coach Badrul Afzan Razali
U21 Assistant Coach Wan Adremy Indera Wan Adnan
Coach Yusoff Ali
Coach Badrul Hisham Abdullah
U21 Goalkeeping coach Mohd Arifin Musa
U21 Fitness coach Mohd Noruddin Abdul Manaf
U21 Physio Abdul Razak Mohd Noor
U21 Masseur Mohd Fahamie Zainal Abidin
U19 Manager Che Wan Mohd Azlizan Che Wan Abu Bakar
U19 Asst. Manager Yahaya Mohd Noor
U19 Head Coach Subri Sulong
U19 Assistant Coach Abdul Jalal Abdul Wahid
U19 Goalkeeping coach Mohd Yusran Mat Sharif
U19 Fitness coach Shahrulnizam Mohamad
U19 Physio Tun Saiful Ridzuan Razali
Position Staff
President Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar
1st Deputy-president Dato Mazlan Ngah
2nd Deputy-president Marzuki Sulong
Vice-president Tuan Kechil Tuan Tengah
Manager Marzuki Sulong
Secretary Officer
Media Officer
  • Last updated: 28 October 2014


Domestic Competitions



Asia Competitions

AFC Cup: 1 Appearance

  • 2012: (Round of 16)

Club records

Updated on 27 October 2018.


  • Pld = Played, W = Won, D = Drawn, L = Lost, F = Goals for, A = Goals against, Pts= Points, Pos = Position

  1st or Champions   2nd or Runner-up   3rd place   Promotion   Relegation

Season League Cup Asia
Division Pld W D L F A Pts Pos Charity Malaysia FA Competition Result
2004 Liga Premier 24 8 11 5 33 27 35 5th  — Not qualified Runner-up  —  —
2005 Liga Premier 21 13 4 4 34 18 43 2nd  — semi-final Round of 32  —  —
2005/06 Liga Premier 21 12 5 4 47 21 41 2nd  — Quarter-final Round of 16  —  —
2006/07 Super League 24 13 5 6 41 29 44 4th  — Group stage Quarter-final  —  —
2007/08 Super League 24 10 7 7 41 31 37 6th  — Semi-final Semi-final  —  —
2009 Super League 26 15 2 9 46 29 47 5th  — Semi-final Round of 32  —  —
2010 Super League 26 16 5 5 54 24 53 3rd  — Semi-final Quarter-final  —  —
2011 Super League 26 16 5 5 54 26 53 2nd  — Runner-up Champions  —  —
2012 Super League 26 11 8 7 41 33 41 5th  — Group stage Semi-final AFC Cup Round of 16
2013 Super League 22 7 6 9 25 31 27 9th  — Group stage Semi-final  —  —
2014 Super League 22 10 6 6 38 28 36 4th  — Quarter-finals Round of 32  —  —
2015 Super League 22 12 2 8 40 33 38 4th  — Group stage Semi-finals  —  —
2016 Super League 22 5 4 13 21 44 19 12th  — Group Stage Round of 2  —  —
2017 Liga Premier 22 15 2 5 42 27 47 2nd  — Group Stage Semi-final  —  —
2018 Liga Super 22 10 4 8 32 31 34 5th  — Runner-up Round of 3  —  —


Individual player awards

Malaysia Super League Golden Boots – Top Goalscorer Overall

Year Player Total Goals
2010 Malaysia Ashari Samsudin[9] 18
2011 Malaysia Abdul Hadi Yahya[10] 20
2012 Liberia Francis Doe[11] 15

Past Head Coaches


  1. ^ "Terengganu naib juara Liga Super 2011". Sokernet.com. 6 July 2011. Retrieved 6 July 2011.
  2. ^ "Terengganu FA President Che Mat Jusoh to step down". Goal.com. 8 August 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Datuk Wan Ahmad Nizam Presiden baru PBSNT". Utusan Malaysia. 17 September 2013. Retrieved 17 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Supersub Ahmad Nordin on cloud nine after heroic feat". The Star Online. Retrieved 13 June 2011.
  5. ^ "Jurulatih Irfan tinggalkan Terengganu buru cabaran baru". Utusan Malaysia. Retrieved 31 October 2011.
  6. ^ Harian Metro, 15 January 2018 (Malay)
  7. ^ https://int.soccerway.com/national/malaysia/super-league/2016/regular-season/r34288/
  8. ^ http://www.rsssf.com/tablesm/malay2016.html
  9. ^ "Ashari rangkul Kasut Emas 2010". Kosmo. Retrieved 1 July 2010.
  10. ^ "Hadi gembira menang kasut Emas 2011". Berita Harian. Retrieved 8 July 2011.
  11. ^ "Forkey Doe, Owona dinobat pemenang kasut emas". Sinar Harian. Retrieved 20 July 2012.

External links

  • Terengganu F.C. Official Website
  • Terengganu F.C. profile at Soccerway
  • Terengganu F.C. at Goal.com
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