Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Former German International Engels Among Candidates For Post Of National Coach

KUALA LUMPUR, May 12 (Bernama) -- Former German international Gert Engels has emerged as a likely candidate to replace the post of National coach that remains vacant since Datuk K. Rajagobal's departure.

The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) vice president Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal today confirmed that the former Mozambique national team coach was being interviewed for the post, together with a number of others.

"We have interviewed a number of candidates...for example Gert Engels from Germany. We will call for a press conference in June to introduce the new coach.

"There are three or four names but we will have to wait till June to know if the candidate is a local or foreigner," he told reporters after attending a FAM-FIFA coaching workshop, here today, adding that there would be a clearer picture after the FAM Congress on May 25.

Media reports had highlighted a number of big names for the post that has remained vacant since Rajagobal's contract expired on Dec 31, 2013.

Among big names in the fray were Thailand's English coach Peter Reid, former Aston Villa coach David O' Leary, former AS Roma coach Zdenek Zeman, former India coach Bobby Houghton (England) and former Fiorentina adviser Fabio Lopez from Italy.

Subahan who will be contesting for the post of FAM Deputy President together with another FAM vice president Datuk Seri Afandi Hamzah and Football Association of Selangor Deputy President Datuk Abdul Mokhtar Ahmad on May 25, urged the delegates to choose a candidate who can contribute to the betterment of football in the country.

Meanwhile, 31 coaches will be taking part in the one-week workshop which will be conducted by Hong Kong Football Association's Chan Hui Ming.

-- BERNAMA

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