KUALA LUMPUR – The Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) is set to lose the services of K.Logan Raj as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) since the former international would not extend his contract which expires by end of the month.
MHC president Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal said though he would allow Logan’s departure with a ‘heavy heart’ the decision made by Logan, to not extend his contract as the CEO, must be respected.
“Logan’s contract expires by end of the month and he (Logan) has decided not to seek a new contract. We respect his decision to seek a career and join his family in Australia. We (MHC) have a new candidate but I will announce his name later,” he told reporters here today.
Subahan said though Logan would relinguish his post as CEO, he would be appointed as an independent member of the MHC Executive Board, replacing Johnson Fernandez who has decided to step down.
Logan was appointed as the CEO of MHC in May 2015, and offered a two-year contract.
As a player, Logan had won a silver and bronze medal at the Kuala Lumpur 98 Commonwealth Games and Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games respectively, bronze at (Asian Junior Cup 2000), World Junior Championship in Hobart (2002), qualified for the Olympics in (2000, 2004), World Cup Qualifier in Beijing (2006) and captained the National team that won the gold medal at the 2007 Korat SEA Games in Thailand.
Meanwhile, Subahan who is also the chairman of the National Team Committee announced the appointment of former International Soon Mustafa Karim who had represented the country from 1979 to 1993, as the chairman of the MHC coaching committee with immediate effect.
“I have discussed and received the feedback of all parties and with the blessing of the committee members I decided to appoint Soon Mustafa, 54, as the new chairman of coaching committee and Datuk Ahmad Najmi Razak as the deputy,” he said.
Subahan said based on Soon Mustafa’s background and knowledge in hockey, he would be able to work with MHC Technical Director Terry Walsh in preparing coaching programmes at the grassroots.
Soon Mutafa had represented the country in two Olympic editions, 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
Apart from Soon Mustafa and Ahmad Najmi, Terry Walsh, National Sports Institute director (ISN) Alan Black, MHC Development director Tai Beng Hai, 1MAS head coach Yahya Atan and former National team assistant coach V. Muraleedharan are also in the coaching committee.
Pahang’s development coach Nuriza Sulaiman and former National women’s hockey skipper Nadia Abdul Rahman have been roped in to prepare the women’s hockey squad. – BERNAMA