PETALING JAYA – The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) will continue to receive applications for the post of National coach.
FAM deputy president Datuk Abdul Mokhtar Ahmad said the association has until year end to pick the right candidate.
“We currently have about 30 applications from local and foreign coaches and we have submitted the applications to the Technical Committee.
“The committee will scrutinise the applications before passing the screening list of candidates to a selection panel to finalise the right candidate,” he told reporters after announcing a strategic partnership between the FAM and SportRadar, a company from Switzerland that specializes in data system, at Wisma FAM, Kelana Jaya, today.
Among individuals reported to have applied for the post vacated by Dollah Salleh after the 10-0 bashing by the United Arab Emirates are former Johor Darul Ta’zim coach Bojan Hodak; former Kelantan coach George Boateng, former Sarawak coach Robert Alberts and former National Under-23 coach Datuk Ong Kim Swee.
Meanwhile FAM Assistant Secretary-General (international), Lazarus Jensen Xavier said, the national U-23 Selection Committee will convene a meeting on Monday to shortlist about 100 applications received for the post of National U-23 head coach.
The committee comprise three representatives from the National Sports, deputy chairman of the committee, Datuk Mohd Junid Mohd Noor, former national head coach B. Sathianathan and FAM Technical Director Fritz Schmid.
“We have received a lot of applications and as far as from South American countries but we are looking at the potential candidates who have vast experience both in coaching and also development programmes,” he said.
FAM has decided to appoint a new coach following a poor run of performance and results in various tournaments, especially the 2015 Singapore SEA Games in June where Malaysia failed to get past the group stage.