KUALA LUMPUR – The decision on the new chief coach of Harimau Malaya (national football squad) will be known on Oct 30 after the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) Task Force receives a report from the special selection panel.
Task Force chairman Datuk Abdul Mokhtar Ahmad said the selection panel comprising six individuals including three from FAM would evaluate the backgrounds of 15 candidates who applied for the post before handing over its evaluation to the Task Force.
Three are from the National Sports Council (NSC) representatives while the others task force deputy chairman Datuk Mohd Junid Mohd Noor, former national coach B. Sathianathan and FAM Technical director Fritz Schmid.
Abdul Mokhtar, who is also FAM deputy president, stressed that the Task Force would make further evaluations from the report by the selection panel before naming the new national squad chief coach.
“The three NSC representatives were invited to be part of the selection panel as NSC is contributing to preparation costs of the under-23 squad for the 2017 SEA Games here,” he told Bernama today.
Among the individuals who were reported to have applied were former Johor Darul Ta’zim coach Bojan Hodak, former Kelantan coach George Boateng and former Sarawak coach, Robert Alberts.
Foreign media reported that former first team coach of Manchester United, Rene Meulensteen of Holland had also expressed interest in the post.
“Give time to the selection panel to study the background of each candidate before we announce the new national squad coach,” Abdul Mokhtar said.
National Under-23 squad head coach, Datuk Ong Kim Swee was appointed by FAM as interim coach of Harimau Malaya for five group A 2018 World Cup/ 2019 Asian Cup qualifying round matches starting with the fourth match against Saudi Arabia at Shah Alam Stadium on Sept 8.
The Harimau Malaya chief coach post fell vacant after Dollah Salleh resigned following an embarrasing 0-10 loss to United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the third Group A qualifying round match at Abu Dhabi in UAE on Sept 3.