KUALA LUMPUR – Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin described the death of former National coach Karl Heinz Weigang from Germany due to a heart attack, today as a big loss to football in the country and the region.
Khairy when offering his deepest condolences over the passing of the German coach at the age of 81, said Weigang’s name was synonymous with football throughout the world.
“Weigang was a very popular coach in the region and was instrumental in Malaysia qualifying for the 1980 Moscow Olympics. His absence will be deeply felt. I would like to offer my deepest condolences to his family,” said Khairy after a TN50 Dialogue with sports personalities at the National Sports Council in Bukit Jalil, here today.
Weigang had also led Perak to emerge as Malaysia Cup champions in 1998 and 2000.
Meanwhile, in IPOH, the Perak Football Association (PAFA) said it was a sad week for football in the state after the death of two prominent personalities in football, since former Datuk Raja Ahmad Zainuddin Raja Omar had passed away last week.
“Both Weigang and Raja Ahmad had formed a formidable partnership as coach and team manager to lead Perak to glory in the past. We are saddened by their passing,” said PAFA president Datuk Seri Abdul Puhat Mat Nayan when contacted by Bernama today. – BERNAMA