Kelantan FA’s first woman president calls it quits

Bibi Ramjani Ilias Khan (third from left) being congratulated on her election as Kelantan Football Association’s first woman president in September 2017. (Bernama pic.)

KOTA BHARU: Kelantan Football Association’s first woman president, Bibi Ramjani Ilias Khan, quit today via an announcement on her Facebook account.

“I, Hjh Bibi Ramjani bt Ilias Khan, as KAFA President hereby would like to announce that I am stepping down from my position … wishing KAFA all the best under its new management.

“To all the fans who have never stopped supporting the Kelantan FA, thank you,” she wrote in her Facebook posting.

In the same posting, Bibi Ramjani apologised for all her shortcomings during her tenure.

The businesswoman carved her name into the history books in September 2017 when she became the first woman in 71 years to head KAFA.

Bernama had reported yesterday that Bibi Ramjani had expressed her willingness to step down to pave the way for an extraordinary general meeting and appoint her successor.

It was not smooth sailing for her during those two years as president, with the Kelantan team going through rough times on and off the pitch, which ultimately ended up with them being relegated to the second tier Malaysian Premier League.

KAFA deputy president Afandi Hamzah said the association has yet to receive an official resignation letter from Bibi Ramjani, and as such cannot officially confirm the resignation.

“I only knew about this after reading about it on social media. There has not been any official correspondence from her side,” he said.

Afandi said an executive council meeting will be called once an official letter has been received