Where art thou, FAM coaches?

By Vijhay Vick

PETALING JAYA - Numbers do not lie.

While the FA of Malaysia (FAM) dismissed suggestions it was in a crisis after it emerged a number of coaches were leaving, the team lists of Harimau Muda B and Harimau Muda C released yesterday indicated a need for more manpower in the coaching department.
Harimau Muda B have seven coaches, including national team trainer Omar Salim who is temporarily assisting the goalkeeping department.
Even more worrying is that Hassan Sazali Waras is the only coach for Harimau Muda C, as they kick-off their FAM League campaign in two weeks time.
"I used to bump into many coaches at Wisma FAM but it is no longer the same. It's as if there are not many around," said an FAM staff who requested anonymity.
Another staff, however, stressed there was no need to push the panic button.
"Yes, FAM needs more coaches but it's not worrying. Some interviews are taking place and everything will be back in order soon."
"Hassan isn't the only coach for Harimau Muda C. Probably paperwork for the new coaches has not been finalised."
While Harimau Muda C need an array of coaches, Harimau Muda B only lack a goalkeeping coach.
Omar would not be able to handle the national team and Harimau Muda B for long. He could assist the latter in the S-League but would not be available for the AFC Under-23 Championship qualifiers scheduled March 23-31.
The dates clash with the international break and the national team have an away friendly match against Oman on March 26.
In October last year, Mailsport highlighted a growing number of displeased coaches on the verge of quitting the national set-up. FAM, had then, insisted coaches come and go.

Read the full report in Mailsport today.


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