Friday, September 20, 2013

More Than 30 Applicants Ready To Step Into Rajagobal's Boots

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 19 (Bernama) -- More than 30 local and foreign coaches have applied for the post of head coach for the National squad (Harimau Malaya), said Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) secretary-general Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin.

"We are in the process of vetting through the list because we are still receiving applications from credible coaches from abroad," he told reporters at the launch of the Watsons VIP special edition Malaysia Cup 2013 cards, here, Thursday.

As for Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin's proposal that the FAM spend some big bucks to bring in a quality foreign coach to train the Harimau Malaya squad, Hamidin the suggestion need to be studied to ensure the FAM would not face financial difficulties in the future.

"If the FAM executive council feels the big investment will be good for football in the country, I don't think it will be impossible," he said.

Khairy was reported to have urged the FAM to establish a Key Performance Index (KPI) to ensure the salary paid to the coach would be money well spent.

According to reports, the FAM had offered the former National coach of Japan Philippe Troussier, 58, about USD18,000 (RM59,000) a month to replace Datuk K. Rajagobal, as the Frenchman had guided the Japanese squad to the last 16 when Japan and South Korea jointly hosted the 2002 World Cup.

Troussier however, would only consider an offer of USD1.52 million a year (RM5 million) or USD126,805 (RM416,000), a month.

Among names said to be on the list of candidates to replace Rajagobal are former Singapore National coach Radojko Avramovic; Sarawak coach Robert Alberts; Harimau Muda A coach Ong Kim Swee and former Harimau Malaya coach B. Sathianathan who is now with Armed Forces.

The contract of Rajagobal who led the National squad to end a 20-year drought by winning the SEA Games gold medal at the 2009 Laos SEA Games, ends on Dec 31.

Rajagobal's main target was to help the National team earn an automatic qualification to the 2015 Asian Cup.

Meanwhile, Khairy who will be attending the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) congress in South Africa in November said his main mission would be to regain Universiti Sains Malaysia's (USM) accreditation as a WADA recognised Doping Control Centre.

"Currently urine samples collected during dope tests are send to Thailand and that involves a very high cost. Reinstating USM will help overcome such predicaments for the Agensi Anti-Doping Malaysia (Adamas)," he said adding that USM lost its accreditation rights two years ago for lack of equipment as per WADA's requirement.

-- BERNAMA

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