Fancy that! Four Malaysians in charge of Asia Cup squads
PETALING JAYA: It’s unprecedented when four out of the eight coaches at the Asia Cup in Jakarta are Malaysians. Arulselvaraj’s Speedy Tigers played Oman in the Group B match on Monday and won handsomely 7-0 and will take on Bangladesh today while Indonesia are in Group A with India, Pakistan and Japan. Former national coach Stephen van Huizen said it is a proud moment for Malaysian hockey.
“We should be proud that four of our coaches are in the Asia Cup. “They may not be able to serve the national team here but other countries think they are good enough although these nations may not be in the top six in Asia. “They were good as players and now they have become good coaches.
“The same thing has happened in badminton where Malaysians are coaching in Japan and India and several other countries. All four coaches have played under Van Huizen while Chiow Chuan was his teammate in the 1980s. Van Huizen, who guided Malaysia to their best ever finish in the Asia Cup when they ended as runners-up in 2017, believes more coaches should emulate the globe-trotting Malaysians and look abroad to enhance their coaching credentials.
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