Monday June 18, 2012
MHC still canít decide on choice of national coach
By AFTAR SINGH
KUALA LUMPUR: It’s still a mystery who will replace Tai Beng Hai as the national hockey coach.
The Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) executive board who met yesterday could not come to a conclusive decision, saying they needed at least two more weeks to decide on the choice of foreign coach.
Beng Hai was heavily criticised for failing to steer Malaysia to the London Olympics. Malaysia finished a disappointing third in the qualifier in Dublin in March behind champions South Korea and Ireland. Malaysia last featured in the 2000 Sydney Games.
The front-runner for the job is said to be Paul Revington of South Africa, who last coached Ireland. The other candidate is Australian Paul Gaudoin.
Beng Hai, whose contract only expires at the end of the year, has been redesignated to do development work and will be in charge of the Project 2021 team.
The board also named Lim Chiow Chuan and Lailin Abu Hassan as coaches of the Project 2017 team. It was also decided that the Asia Cup, to be hosted by Malaysia next year, would be held in October to accommodate the Junior World Cup in New Delhi in November.
“No other major decisions were taken as many of the matters need more time for deliberation,” said MHC senior vice president S. Shamala.